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Slightly Foxed Issue 3
  • ISBN: 9780954826826
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 September 2004
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Jonny Hannah, ‘Foxed Brand Fireworks’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 3

‘Sharks, Otters and Fast Cars’


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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

Christian Tyler travels Among the Believers with V. S. Naipaul • Rachel Campbell-Johnston confronts Nostromo • Trevor Fishlock puts to sea with Joshua Slocum • Jane Gardam admires Anne Schlee’s light touch •  Derwent May tours Italy with Ruskin • Tim Longville hears distant voices from America’s deep south •  Hazel Wood visits an adventurous small publisher • Christopher Bird meets a young doctor in pre-Revolutionary Russia • Anne Boston finds herself spellbound on The Wilder Shores of Love Paul Willetts goes in search of Julian Maclaren-Ross • Julia Keay compiles an index while journeying up the Mekong  • Linda Leatherbarrow hears distant harmonies, and much more besides . . .

Sharks, Otters and Fast Cars • ARIANE BANKES

Douglas Botting, The Saga of Ring of Bright Water

Special Deliveries • CHRISTOPHER BIRD

Mikhail Bulgakov, A Country Doctor’s Notebook


Sylvia Townsend Warner, The Music at Long Verney

Seeds of Friendship • TIM LONGVILLE

Elizabeth Lawrence, Gardening for Love


Joseph Conrad, Nostromo


Sabine Baring-Gould, Cheap Jack Zita


Landscape and the Heart • ANNE BOSTON

On the works of Lesley Blanch

Holding the Pass to Paradise • CHRISTIAN TYLER

V. S. Naipaul, Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey

Imam with a Mission • MATTHEW J. REISZ

Rifa‘a Rafi‘ al-Tahtawi, An Imam in Paris

Leap of Imagination • JOHN DE FALBE

Colum McCann, Dancer

The Chinese Book II • SUSAN LEIPER

On Chinese book format


Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone Around the World

False Bottoms • FRANCIS KING

Wyndham Lewis, The Revenge for Love

Not So Much a Business . . . • HAZEL WOOD

On Eland Books

Belated Reparation • JEREMY LEWIS

Janina David, A Square of Sky

Revelling with Ruskin • DERWENT MAY

John Ruskin, Praeterita

Marriage Lines • HAZEL WOOD

Cauvery Madhavan, The Uncoupling

The Salesman Only Rings Once • PAUL WILLETTS

Julian Maclaren-Ross, Of Love and Hunger

Daughter in Residence • JANE GARDAM

Ann Schlee, The Time in Aderra

Indexing on the Mekong • JULIA KEAY

On indexing

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.

    Sharks, Otters and Fast Cars

    Some books arrive out of the blue and virtually save one’s life, and Douglas Botting’s biography of Gavin Maxwell was one such book for me. I was lying in my hospital bed after an unscheduled...

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    Special Deliveries

    My favourite Russian writer-doctor is not Anton Chekhov but Mikhail Bulgakov, who describes with aching clarity the slow and at times humiliating road to acquiring what London taxi-drivers call...

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    Distant Harmonies

    Recently I was given a copy of The Music at Long Verney: Twenty Stories by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It was a revelation. Years ago, when I was a struggling art student, I read and loved her novels,...

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    Seeds of Friendship

    Garden-writing is always either grimly concerned with the nuts and bolts of gardening’s practicalities or with its latest and flashiest fashions. The first kind is written by mere doers, the second...

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    Mining Conrad

    I once met a girl who was writing a thesis on Conrad. Her opinion of Nostromo was nothing if not passionate. ‘It’s like Conrad means to bore you to death,’ she recommended. ‘You must read...

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    Trouble at Mill

    As well as being a rattling good read, Sabine Baring-Gould’s bloodstained historical romance Cheap Jack Zita is full of coincidences that make me feel rather possessive about it. It’s set in Ely...

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    Landscape and the Heart

    ‘Her whole life was spent riding at breakneck speed towards the wilder shores of love.’ Lesley Blanch’s memorable description of Jane Digby el Mezrab supplied the title of her first book and...

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    Holding the Pass to Paradise

    Published in 1981, Among the Believers is the account of a journey through Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia in 1979, shortly after the Iranian revolution. Its subject, the Muslim fundamentalist...

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    Imam with a Mission

    Rifa‘a al-Tahtawi has the strange distinction of being the only nineteenth-century Egyptian writer with his very own website. I first heard about him in a lecture by the French journalist and...

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    Leap of Imagination

    No book has exposed my own double standard to me more clearly than Dancer by Colum McCann. A fictional portrait of Rudolf Nureyev, told from many angles in many different voices, it opens with one of...

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    The Chinese Book II

    In Issue 1, I described the tradition in Chinese books of placing an illustration above a solid block of text on each page, a tradition that I set out to revive in my Chinese cookery manual.

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    It is laconic and simple, non-romantic in that Slocum refuses to be a lone hero struggling against the terrifying sea. Rather, he is at home in the ocean wilderness, insisting that ‘the wonderful...

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    False Bottoms

    Once met, I rarely dislike a person. But the idea of a person often fills me with dislike and even abhorrence. So it was with Wyndham Lewis. I never met him but I might easily have done so, since I...

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    Not So Much a Business . . .

    At the top of some concrete stairs, in a slightly run-down area of London near Sadler’s Wells, is a room with a magic carpet, otherwise known as Eland Books. Open an Eland book and you are...

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    Belated Reparation

    Rereading the books of one’s youth is always a hazardous business, since a magic once lost can never be regained, so I contemplated a fresh assault on A Square of Sky with pleasure tinged with...

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    Revelling with Ruskin

    John Ruskin’s Praeterita is one of the most exhilarating books I know, and I often go back to it. For most of his life the great art-critic-cum-sage was writing books to educate people. Once, when...

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    The Salesman Only Rings Once

    I hunted for his books as well as for the miscellanies and magazines that featured his work. Though his entertaining, much-quoted Memoirs of the Forties soon reappeared in paperback, the rest of his...

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    Marriage Lines

    It is 8 a.m. on a September Sunday in New Delhi. The garden below is still fresh and green before the heat of the day, and pigeons bill and coo on the air-conditioning unit outside the bedroom...

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    Indexing on the Mekong

    I guess (but I don’t know, since it’s not often a hot topic of conversation) that every amateur indexer has his or her own way of working. Since our joint IT expertise would shame most...

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    Daughter in Residence

    It seems amazing that Ann Schlee’s work is not known to everyone, because she has always had her following and is still writing, but her four big novels written between the 1970s and 1996 are now...

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