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Slightly Foxed Issue 19
  • ISBN: 9781906562038
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Daniel Macklin, ‘Vulpes Major’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 19

‘A Lonely Furrow’


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The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine.

In this issue

Rachel Campbell-Johnson recalls her Wilder moments • Christopher Robbins anatomizes courage • Anne Boston does a midnight flit • Richard Ingrams meets an early ecologist • Grant McIntyre examines the eyesight of wasps • Oliver Pritchett walks the London streets • Ruth Symes captures the castle • Jeff Nicholl finds an eagle in his attic • David Platzer outdoes James Bond, and much more besides . . .


The writings of John Stewart Collis

The Eyesight of Wasps • GRANT MCINTYRE

Niko Tinbergen, Curious NaturalistsThe Herring Gull’s World

Avid to Live and Learn • ANNE BOSTON

V. S. Pritchett, A Cab at the Door

Strolling with Dickens • OLIVER PRITCHETT

On walking in London with with Dickens

The Man from Department K • DAVID PLATZER

James Munro, The John Craig thrillers


Lord Moran, The Anatomy of Courage

Southern Comfort • JOSIE BARNARD

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying; The Sound and the Fury

Inside the Aunt Heap • TIM HEALD

Robin Eakin, Aunts up the Cross

An Eagle in the Attic • JEFF NICOLL

Stephen Bodio, Querencia

Tutu Wonderful • SARAH CROWDEN

Noel Streatfeild, Ballet Shoes

A Spiritual Affinity • JOHN SHEPPARD

On the letters of Raymond Chandler

Great Escapes • PAUL ATTERBURY

On the life and writings of George Millar

Brother Juniper’s Inquisition • RACHEL CAMPBELL-JOHNSTON

Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Growing up American • JONTY DRIVER

Mary McCarthy, Birds of America

The Making of a Writer • RUTH SYMES

Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Recognizing an Imagination Need • CONSTANCE VIDOR

On storytelling

About Slightly Foxed

The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine. Read more about Slightly Foxed.

Slightly Foxed Issue 19: From the Editors

For some months now, at our regular get-togethers, the five of us have been sitting round the table, chewing our pens and agonizing over the question: Is it time to put the price of Slightly Foxed...

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Avid to Live and Learn

I shall always be grateful to A Cab at the Door. I read most of it one Sunday evening in a Victoria line tube train which was stuck for two hours outside King’s Cross station. The train lights...

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A Lonely Furrow

John Stewart Collis hated to be referred to as ‘a neglected writer’. He said that if people read that a writer is neglected their natural response is to say, ‘Well, let’s neglect him some...

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The Eyesight of Wasps

I discovered Niko Tinbergen’s Curious Naturalists as a student. I was reading psychology and the course had just begun with a look at animal behaviour, which involved a grasp of scientific method...

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Strolling with Dickens

When I was a child in the late 1940s and early 1950s I believed that my father was a close personal friend of Charles Dickens. They must, I thought, have met at various inns in London and shared...

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The Man from Department K

I might never have discovered James Munro’s John Craig thrillers had I not seen the film of the last of them, The Innocent Bystanders, in early 1973. Christina Foyle remarked at the time of...

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The Tricks War Plays

One day early in the First World War, an inexperienced young doctor serving with the Royal Fusiliers examined a sergeant who was ‘out of sorts’. The man had a reputation for being imperturbable...

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Southern Comfort

When I sat down to start this piece, I nearly got tangled up in theory. William Faulkner was so brilliantly experimental with form, and consequently captured the interests of literary critics over...

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Inside the Aunt Heap

Aunts up the Cross begins and ends with the death of the author’s great-aunt Juliet, aged 85 and frankly pretty eccentric if not down-right mad. She was run over by a bus which was travelling...

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An Eagle in the Attic

The epigraph to Querencia, by my friend Stephen Bodio, explains that the title is a term taken from the bullring, denoting the imagined, and illusory, sanctuary sought by a bull entering the ring,...

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Tutu Wonderful

Noel Streatfeild’s children’s classic Ballet Shoes, published in 1936, remains a favourite for anybody interested in theatre. Whenever one mentions a first-class book of this kind, if the adult...

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A Spiritual Affinity

I don’t know about you, but I have a number of books on the go at any one time. There’s one in the downstairs loo, one in the bathroom, a couple by my armchair in the living-room, and two or...

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Great Escapes

At various times in my life, from my twenties to my fifties, I planned to travel through France by boat. As real life gradually rendered the achievement of this ambition ever more unlikely, I took to...

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Brother Juniper’s Inquisition

Sometimes, confessing to a favourite book can bring a flush of embarrassment to the cheeks. We tend to make such selections at a susceptible age and they don’t necessarily stand up to the test of...

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Growing up American

Birds of America is supposed to be Mary McCarthy’s weakest novel, though it was her own favourite. Yet it is a fine book – a brilliant study of a clever, odd teenager growing into a man. And like...

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The Making of a Writer

Something half-remembered involving a writer locked in a tower, and a conviction that my first encounter – literary or otherwise – with the drink crème de menthe took place within its pages:...

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