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Slightly Foxed Issue 37
  • ISBN: 9781906562465
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Carry Akroyd, ‘Fox and Rapefields’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
  • Issue Subtitle: ‘Dreaming of the Bosphorus’
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Slightly Foxed Issue 37

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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: Ates Orga recalls how his father’s Portrait of a Turkish Family came to be written • Allison Pearson meets Mrs Miniver • Annabel Walker eavesdrops on Amos Oz in Jerusalem • Gordon Bowker turns ultramarine • Chris Schüler celebrates the atlas • Marie Forsyth volunteers in a charity bookshop • Derek Parker delights in the letters of Horace Walpole • Oliver Pritchett examines the etiquette of reading in bed . . .



Dreaming of the Bosphorus • ATES ORGA on Irfan Orga, Portrait of a Turkish Family

Common Sense Dancing • ALLISON PEARSON on Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Real Mrs Miniver

The Sound of Youth • WILLIAM PALMER on Josef Škvorecký, The Bass Saxophone

A World of Words • ANNABEL WALKER on Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness

Pillow Talk • OLIVER PRITCHETT on reading in bed

Map Magic • C. J. SCHÜLER on The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World

The Wild Ginger Man • ANDREW NIXON on J. P. Donleavy, The Ginger Man

With a Notebook and a Ukulele • GORDON BOWKER on the stories of Malcolm Lowry

Putting the Hum into the Humdrum • A. F. HARROLD on the poems of John Hegley

Adventures in Achromatopsia • CATHERINE MERRICK on Oliver Sacks, The Island of the Colour-blind

Flashman’s Nemesis • BRIAN PAYNE on George MacDonald Fraser, The Private McAuslan books

Hurricane Clarice • MICHAEL MARETT-CROSBY on the novels of Clarice Lispector

The Man in the Lavender Suit • DEREK PARKER on the letters of Horace Walpole

Of Bembo, Caslon and Clairvaux • ROGER HUDSON on The Folio Society

Talking to the Major • DENNIS BUTTS on the stories of Percy F. Westerman

Wells of Memory • CHRISTIAN TYLER on H. G. Wells, The Complete Short Stories

Shop with a Heart • MARIE FORSYTH on charity bookshops


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.

Slightly Foxed Issue 37: From the Editors

We’re now comfortably settled at our new home in Hoxton Square which, being a proper office rather than part of a flat, is far more spacious and functional than Brewhouse Yard. We do miss the...

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Hurricane Clarice

The sleeper lounge is old-fashioned British Rail, all tartan carpet, smeared tables and microwave cuisine. Tonight it contains a gathering of solitaries, all of us making separate journeys to London....

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Common Sense Dancing

She began life as the fictional heroine of a small newspaper column and went on, via American bestsellerdom and a celebrated wartime Hollywood movie, to have the kind of impact on world affairs that...

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Dreaming of the Bosphorus

My father Irfan Orga (1908–70) first set foot in England in July 1942, as a staff captain commanding Turkish Air Force pilots completing their training with the RAF. The posting changed his life....

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The Sound of Youth

It’s odd to recall that until the rock and pop revolution of the early Sixties, most British towns had at least one band, usually consisting of a trumpet and trombone, drummer, bass player and...

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A World of Words

Whether by luck or judgement I don’t now remember, but I first came across the work of Amos Oz in 1984. The occasion was my sole visit to Israel, when I needed a contemporary guide, my only other...

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Pillow Talk

The etiquette of bedtime reading is such a delicate matter that we must approach it on tiptoe. In fact, before we get to the bed, let us pause and consider the bedside table – or, more accurately,...

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Map Magic

When I worked on a national newspaper, an old, battered copy of The Times Atlas of the World stood propped against the Comment desk. The red cloth binding had come off and the signatures had fallen...

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The Wild Ginger Man

It was a 1967 Corgi edition of The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy: ‘Complete’ and, most promisingly, ‘Unexpurgated’. Of course I had no inkling then of the tortuous publication saga that lay...

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With a Notebook and a Ukulele

I first came across Malcolm Lowry through a selection of his poems published in a series devoted mainly to American Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg. But in this slim volume of idiosyncratic verse,...

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Putting the Hum into the Humdrum

I first encountered John Hegley in the early ’90s, though only obliquely, via a schoolfriend who was hipper than me and had one of John’s early pamphlets. He showed me a limerick about ‘a...

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Adventures in Achromatopsia

The Island of the Colour-blind was given to me by a friend who was himself red-green colour-blind. This discovery, early in our relationship, illuminated several of his quirks: a terrible dress...

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Flashman’s Nemesis

In Slightly Foxed No.33, Andrew Nixon paid homage to George MacDonald Fraser’s splendid creation, the appalling Flashman; and Patrick Mercer, himself an infantryman, drew attention to Quartered...

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The Man in the Lavender Suit

I’ve always thought journals and letters among the best of bedside books. The entries, for one thing, are just long enough, usually, to end as drowsiness begins to be irresistible. I first came...

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Of Bembo, Caslon and Clairvaux

The Folio Society was founded 65 years ago and has been gradually undergoing apotheosis into a National Treasure, to join Radio 4, the Proms, Alan Bennett and the London taxi. Like some hound of...

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Talking to the Major

Percy F. Westerman (1876–1959) was one of the most popular writers of boys’ adventure stories from the 1920s to the 1950s. In their brightly coloured dust-jackets his historical tales – books...

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Wells of Memory

I don’t remember who gave me the fat red book of short stories by H. G. Wells. But I do remember reading it compulsively as a teenager, with frissons of fear as well as pleasure. Wells was a...

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Shop with a Heart

Every Friday afternoon I go to work in our local Amnesty secondhand bookshop, and each week I notice a shabby cover of a book entitled If Jesus Came to My House stuck on one of the walls. Few people...

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