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Slightly Foxed Issue 29
  • ISBN: 9781906562250
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Rebecca Campbell, ‘The Foragers’, oil on linen
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 29

‘An Editorial Peacock’


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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

James Hamilton-Paterson follows a spy to Cairo • Trilby Kent shares a desk with Claudine • Dennis Butts finds poetry in the Second World War • James Roose-Evans sees Europe with Augustus Hare • Kate Berridge immerses herself in the Saturday Books • Charles Elliott enters the exquisite world of a Japanese courtier • Eric Brown celebrates a science-fiction writer • Catherine Merrick salutes Charles Darwin • Michael Barber admires an elderly mischief-maker . . .

An Editorial Peacock • KATE BERRIDGE

The Saturday Books

Learn-As-You-Burn • HAZEL WOOD

P. Y. Betts, People Who Say Goodbye

The Heroism of Ordinary Life • PETER J. CONRADI

Angus Wilson, The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot; Late Call

Welcome to Dictionopolis • ROHAN CANDAPPA

Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Coney’s Islands • ERIC BROWN

Michael G. Coney, Syzygy; The Girl with a Symphony in Her Fingers; Hello Summer, Goodbye; Brontomek!

Eminently a Victorian • JAMES ROOSE-EVANS

Augustus Hare, Peculiar People: The Story of My Life


Joseph Hone, The Private Sector

Biophilia for Beginners • CATHERINE MERRICK

Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

A Terrifying Business • PATRICK WELLAND

Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews; Shamela

The Sound of Raindrops • CHARLES ELLIOTT

Sei Shōnagon, The Pillow Book

Scandal at School • TRILBY KENT

Colette, Claudine at School; Claudine in Paris; Claudine Married; Claudine and Annie

The Fatal Gift of Phrase • MICHAEL BARBER

Gore Vidal, United States: Essays, 1952–1992; Palimpsest


Robin Fedden, Chantesmesle

Seeking an Oasis • DENNIS BUTTS

The Oasis Trust (ed.), Return to Oasis; From Oasis into Italy; Poems of the Second World War; More Poems of the Second World War; The Schools Oasis; The Voice of War

On the Hungarian Plain • ANTHONY GARDNER

Kate Seredy, The Good Master; The Singing Tree

Hoppy Rides Again • TOM BROWN

Clarence E. Mulford’s Westerns

Comfort and Consolation • BILL TAYLOR

On downsizing a library

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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An Editorial Peacock

When she is not sugar-soaping her skirting boards or throwing scrunched paper snowballs of unsatisfactory prose, Kate Berridge is writing a biographical novel based on the life of John Ruskin.

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The Heroism of Ordinary Life

Like many 15-year-olds I dreamt of understanding myself better. I knew my background was ‘bourgeois’ and thought I was probably gay. Did this mean that I ‘fitted in’? Or not? My English...

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Welcome to Dictionopolis

I’m still impressed by rainbows, and this despite knowing about light, and refraction, and the unlikelihood of the existence of pots of gold. I see a rainbow and my heart soars. And for me, if a...

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Coney’s Islands

In a writing life stretching over thirty years, Michael G. Coney wrote nineteen science fiction novels and a single collection of short stories. Although his novels combined accessibility with fine...

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Eminently a Victorian

‘To tell the truth,’ wrote Augustus Hare, ‘had my books not been published, had The Story of My Life, and Memorials of a Quiet Life never seen the light of day, I should have missed even the...

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Goodbye to Berlin

For a year or two in the Sixties, I would regularly stop off on my way home at the W. H. Smith by Earls Court station. Catering for so many well placed commuters, it was a reliable showcase of...

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Biophilia for Beginners

Until my early twenties, I had never really thought about Darwin. I was halfway through a doctorate in biology by then, so in retrospect this seems like a glaring omission. Naturally, I had thought...

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A Terrifying Business

My erratic education included one year at a technical college, before it was agreed I leave on the grounds that I was incorrigibly idle. It was 1964, I was 16 and after three suffocating years at a...

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Scandal at School

Among the jumble of postcards, newspaper clippings, maps and to-do lists that cram the walls around my desk is a school photograph. The occasion was the annual fair at which a group of us had...

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The Fatal Gift of Phrase

In the age of the common man, said Malcolm Muggeridge, we all want to be uncommon, and they don’t come more uncommon than Gore Vidal, a writer for whom the term sui generis might have been coined....

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Hoppy Rides Again

A favourite photograph of one of my grandsons shows him astride his rocking-horse, wearing one of my old hats, a rifle and a pistol in his tiny hands and the reins between his teeth – a miniature...

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Paradise Lost

A lyrical hymn to the irrecoverable past, Robin Fedden’s memoir Chantemesle takes its title from the house in which he grew up, itself named after a tiny hamlet in the Île de France. Over the...

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Seeking an Oasis

We come to war from many different directions. My own experiences are probably similar to those of some Slightly Foxed readers: a father who survived, just, serving in the trenches in the Great War...

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On the Hungarian Plain

As a child I was always reassured by books which contained maps. The Hobbit, Treasure Island, Prince Caspian – their neatly drawn coastlines, mountains and compass points were promises of worlds...

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Comfort and Consolation

Faced with the prospect of moving into a new eco-house at the bottom of our garden I have begun to realize that I must downsize my library – which is what I like to call it: a collection of many...

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