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Slightly Foxed Issue 28
  • ISBN: 9781906562236
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 December 2010
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Howard Phipps, ‘Downs in Winter’, wood-engraving
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 28

‘Happy Ever After’


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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

Oliver Pritchett reads between the lines • Juliet Gardiner takes us back to the Thirties with R. C. Sherriff’s GreengatesDiana Athill opens up the world of W. G. Sebald’s AusterlitzAriane Bankes finds some sea room • John Julius Norwich has something to declare • Sue Gee revels in Old Filth • Daisy Hay has a young visiter [sic] • Anne Boston falls for the Rabbi’s cat • Huon Mallalieu enjoys a life in pictures • Geoff Brandwood totters back to the local • Anthony Wood celebrates John Betjeman’s verse autobiography, and much more besides . . .

Happy Ever After • DAISY HAY

Daisy Ashford, The Young Visiters, or Mr Salteena’s Plan

Something Always Turned Up • HUON MALLALIEU

Edward Ardizzone, The Young Ardizzone 

The Child on the Beach • SUE GEE

The novels and short stories of Jane Gardam

Essential Baggage • JOHN JULIUS NORWICH

Maurice Baring, Have You Anything to Declare?


Maurice Gorham & Edward Ardizzone, The Local; Back to the Local

Behind the Privet Hedge • JULIET GARDINER

R. C. Sherriff, The Fortnight in September; Greengates

Feline Philosophy • ANNE BOSTON

Joann Sfar, the Le Chat du rabbin series

Tips about Icebergs • SARA WHEELER

Tété-Michel Kpomassie, An African in Greenland

No Swotting . . . • ANTONY WOOD

John Betjeman, Summoned by Bells; Collected Poems

Uncomfortable Truths • DIANA ATHILL

W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz

Besieged by the Sea • ARIANE BANKES

Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life

Lighting a Candle for Poetry • HAZEL WOOD

The Candlestick Press

The Girl from the Bogs • CAROLINE JACKSON

The novels of Molly Keane

Spellbound • SARAH CROWDEN

The children’s books of Beverley Nichols

Folliries and Misinformations • DEREK PARKER

John Aubrey, Brief Lives

A Touch of Morton’s • OLIVER PRITCHETT

On acknowledgements

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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Happy Ever After

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Cover Artist: Slightly Foxed Issue 28, Howard Phipps, ‘Downs in Winter’

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Tips about Icebergs

I first encountered Tété-Michel Kpomassie in a tent on top of the Greenland ice cap. The temperature was minus 30, and I had burrowed into my sleeping bag to read in the small pool of light cast by...

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No Swotting . . .

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A Touch of Morton’s

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  1. A. Williams says:

    I would be very grateful if you could send me another copy of the Winter issue of Slightly Foxed, which sadly I lost in an exchange with an Irishman in a Brazilian restaurant in Beijing.

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