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Slightly Foxed Issue 24

  • Pages: 96
  • Format: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: Dec 2009
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Quentin Blake
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Slightly Foxed Issue 24

A Pash for Nash
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In this issue: Maggie Fergusson drops in on 84 Charing Cross Road • Quentin Blake and Travis Elborough celebrate the fox • Oliver Pritchett recites rude rhymes in the bath • Grant McIntyre recalls another self • Roger Hudson cherishes Mr Pepys • Michael Barber returns to the murky world of Eric Ambler • Andrew Lycett reads a double life • Sue Gee visits a little house at the edge of the wood, and much more besides . . .


Contents

A Pash for Nash OLIVER PRITCHETT

[Ogden Nash] Linell Smith & Isabel Eberstadt (eds.), Candy Is Dandy: The Best of Ogden Nash;  Douglas M. Parker, Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America’s Laureate of Light Verse

Unlucky Jim GRANT MCINTYRE

James Lees-Milne, Another Self

Anarchist in a Tie • MICHAEL BARBER

Eric Ambler, Journey into Fear; The Mask of Dimitrios; Cause for Alarm; Epitaph for a Spy; Uncommon Danger

The Little House at the Edge of the Wood SUE GEE

Alison Uttley, The Little Grey Rabbit Books

Of Julius Scissor and Gary Baldy HAZEL WOOD

Leo Rosten, The Education of H*y*m*a*n K*a*p*l*a*n

A Very Rising Man • ROGER HUDSON

[Samuel Pepys] Robert Latham and William Matthews (eds.), The Diaries; Claire Tomalin, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

Divine Spark EMMA HOGAN

Muriel Spark, Memento Mori; Curriculum Vitae; Martin Stannard, Muriel Spark: The Biography

Price of a Double Life ANDREW LYCETT

Michael Burn, Turned towards the Sun

The Flying Yorkshireman JOHN EMMS

Eric Knight, Sam Small Flies Again

We All Love Your Letters . . . MAGGIE FERGUSSON

Helene Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road

Balchin’s Maimed Brilliance C. J. DRIVER

Nigel Balchin, The Small Back Room

Brush with the Law TRAVIS ELBOROUGH

Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox; Jeremy Treglown, Roald Dahl: A Biography

Stars in His Eyes • DONALD WINCHESTER

Giles Smith, Lost in Music

Mystery at the Minster •JOHN SAUMAREZ SMITH

John Meade Falkner, The Nebuly Coat

Plain Jane? Plain Wrong DAISY HAY

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Six Things to Do with Cabbage • KAREN ROBINSON

Cooking in a Bedsitter

Great-aunts PETRIE HARBOURI


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. More . . . 

Plain Jane? Plain Wrong

There is nothing ‘common-place’ about Pride and Prejudice. It has a tightly woven, seductively intricate plot, which unfolds so delicately that the reader falls blindly into the traps of...

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A Brush with the Law

I recall being mildly disappointed that the factory in Charlie and the Chocolate was not fashioned solely from chocolate. Now that literalism strikes me as peculiarly wonderful. And, in retrospect,...

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Divine Spark

I first came across Spark when working in a little second-hand bookshop off the Charing Cross Road. A battered tome of her selected works was on sale in the outside pile, desolately stationed there...

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