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Slightly Foxed Issue 27
  • ISBN: 9781906562199
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 September 2010
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Angie Lewin, ‘Midnight Garden’, linocut
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 27

‘Well Done, Carruthers!’


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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

Jim Ring solves a riddle • Frances Wood shares her thoughts on paper • James Bartholomew clicks with Cuthbert • Trilby Kent goes into Purgatory • Richard Davies meets a laughing diplomat • Eric Brown discovers a sensual world • Sarah Harrison decodes publishers’ blurbs • Roger Jones returns to Walden • Trevor Fishlock takes to the skies • John de Falbe celebrates Alan Ross’s war, and much more besides . . .

Well Done, Carruthers! • JIM RING

Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands


Graham Greene, A Sort of Life

Lives on the Edge • FRANK HERRMANN

The short stories and novels of H. A. Manhood

Smiling Through • RICHARD DAVIES

Daniele Varè, Laughing Diplomat

Academic Angst • JOSIE BARNARD

Ivy Compton-Burnett, Pastors and Masters; Malcolm Bradbury, The History Man

A Sensual but Secret World • ERIC BROWN

Rupert Croft-Cooke, The Sensual World series

An Extraordinary Ordinary Man • RICHARD PLATT

Hans Zinsser, Rats, Lice and History; As I Remember Him

Down in the Mayfair Badlands • D. J. TAYLOR

Roger Longrigg, A High-Pitched Buzz

The Well-Connected Letter-Writer • MARIE FORSYTH

Madame de Sévigné, Selected Letters

On the North West Frontier • BRUCE COWARD

The novels of Wallace Breem


Winifred Loraine, Robert Loraine, Soldier, Actor, Airman

Thoreau’s Axe • ROGER JONES

Henry Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

Writers at Sea • JOHN DE FALBE

Alan Ross, Blindfold Games; Frank Kermode, Not Entitled


P. G. Wodehouse, The Clicking of Cuthbert; Heart of a Goof

Not so Merry England • ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH

Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

A Season in Purgatory • TRILBY KENT

Geoffrey Pyke, To Ruhleben – And Back: A Great Adventure in Three Phases

The Oldest Paper in the World • FRANCES WOOD

The Diamond Sutra

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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