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Slightly Foxed Issue 26
  • ISBN: 9781906562175
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 June 2010
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Leon Morrocco, ‘Blue Temple, Madurai’, oil on canvas
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 26

‘A Nightmare on Wheels’


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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

P. D. James visits a house in Flanders • Peter Hobday crosses the desert • Ben Hopkinson primes his outboard motor • Rowena Macdonald tries self-sufficiency • John Keay goes up the Nile • Frances Donnelly learns about survival • Christopher Gibson remembers Mr Simmons, and much more besides . . .

A Nightmare on Wheels • OLIVER PRITCHETT

Tobias Smollett, Travels through France and Italy

One Golden Summer • P. D. JAMES

Michael Jenkins, A House in Flanders

On the Beach • ROGER GOURD

The novels of Leo Walmsley

Something Marvellous to Tell • JOHN KEAY

Alan Moorehead, The White Nile; The Blue Nile

Redeemed by Muriel • FRANCES DONNELLEY

Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist


Alethea Hayter, A Sultry Month

Briar Pipes v. Balkan Sobranies • CHRISTOPHER HAMILTON

John Buchan, Greenmantle; John Macnab

The Diary in the Attic • JAMES FERGUSSON

Raleigh Trevelyan, A Hermit Disclosed

First Love • ADAM KAY

Longus, Daphnis and Chloe

Always Carry a Spare, Good Plug • BEN HOPKINSON

The British Seagull Co. Ltd., Operating Instructions for Models 40 & 100

The Only Thing that Matters • SARAH HARRISON

Theresa de Kerpely, Arabesque

Cheddaring, Sparging and Gaffing • ROWENA MACDONALD

John Seymour, The Fat of the Land; Self-Sufficiency

Comfort in Desolation • ANNABEL WALKER

Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country

In the Empty Quarter • PETER HOBDAY

Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Sands

Left Bank Mermories • WILLIAM PALMER

Shusha Guppy, A Girl in Paris

Cold Cure from a Warm Climate • TIM LONGVILLE

Rolf Boldrewood, Robbery under Arms

Sunsets and Suburbia • LINDA LEATHERBARROW

Shena Mackay, The Atmospheric Railway

Remembering Mr Simmonds • CHRISTOPHER GIBSON

The bookshop at Number 16, Fleet Street

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.

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