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Slightly Foxed Issue 38
  • ISBN: 9781906562502
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 June 2013
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Emily Sutton, ‘Country Show’
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Slightly Foxed Issue 38

‘A Great Adventure’


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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

Dervla Murphy travels to the Cape • Charles Elliott hails a woman warrior • Justin Marozzi visits Naples with Norman Lewis • Andrew Merrills finds himself betwixt woods and water • Paul Atterbury meets Inspector Appleby • Ysenda Maxtone Graham gets caught in the rye • Trevor Fishlock sings along at a holiday camp concert . . .

A Great Adventure • ANDREW MERRILLS

Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water

Immemorial Rhythm • GORDON BOWKER

Richard Hillyer, Country Boy


J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

The Rise of Appleby • PAUL ATTERBURY

Michael Innes, The Appleby books

Mastering the Mutiny • PATRICK MERCER

John Masters, Nightrunners of Bengal

A Poem Turned into a Sword • CHARLES ELLIOTT

Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts

Championing the Underdog • JUSTIN MAROZZI

Norman Lewis, Naples ’44

A Bath with a View • CAROLINE CHAPMAN

Sybille Bedford, A Legacy


On the works of Denton Welch

An Eye for Absurdity • ANTHONY GARDNER

Michael Frayn, The Russian Interpreter

Rolling down to Rio • TREVOR FISHLOCK

Peter Dawson, Fifty Years of Song

Cape-bound • DERVLA MURPHY

Lady Duff Gordon, Letters from the Cape

Black Dogs and Stone Pianos • ANTHONY LONGDEN

On the works of Ella Pontefract and Marie Hartley

A Lost Generation • TONY ROBERTS

Ernest Hemingway, The Sun also Rises

Persia on Exmoor • CYNTHIA CLINCH

Katharine Hull and Pamela Whitlock, The Far-Distant Oxus

Certainly not Cricket • JEREMY LEWIS

Christie Lawrence, Irregular Adventure

Hawking the Owls • TESSA WEST

On Self-publishing

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 38: From the Editors

Well, summer’s here – at last. There are still plenty of people about in Hoxton Square, but it won’t be long before the city starts to empty out and that particular summer quiet descends which,...

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These cheerful daisies adorned the contents page of Slightly Foxed Issue 38, Summer 2013. Ian Stephens was born in North Buckinghamshire in 1940. He studied illustration and lettering at Northampton...

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Country Boy

The coloured words flashed out and entranced my fancy. They drew pictures in the mind. Words became magical, incantations, abracadabra which called up spirits. My dormant imagination opened like a...

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Immemorial Rhythm

Few have recalled that now distant rural way of life with such riveting honesty as Richard Hillyer in his memoir Country Boy. Richard Hillyer was the pseudonym used by Charles James Stranks, the son...

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Holden Revisited

Two photographs exist of me reading The Catcher in the Rye. One was taken thirty years ago by my father, on the top bunk bed in a sleeper train bound for Edinburgh. I was 19. The book was the orange...

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The Rise of Appleby

At various stages in my life I have succumbed to the lure of crime fiction, and I have always been a habitué of second-hand bookshops. That was how I came across Michael Innes in the late 1970s,...

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Mastering the Mutiny

When John Masters’ Nightrunners of Bengal was first published in 1951, John Raymond in the Sunday Times described it as ‘the best historical novel about the Indian Mutiny that I have ever...

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A Poem Turned into a Sword

The Woman Warrior was my book. I say this not to avoid accusations of parti pris – after all, everybody who writes about a book for Slightly Foxed can by definition be accused of that – but...

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Championing the Underdog

From Herodotus’ and Thucydides’ time the war book has been with us as an ever-present literary companion to the massacres on the battlefield. I took Norman Lewis’s Naples ’44 to Iraq with me...

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A Bath with a View

I once met Sybille Bedford. ‘Met’ is perhaps the wrong word; I pounced on her at a crowded Time-Life party and began raving about her novel A Legacy which I had just read. She looked at me...

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Feverish Haste

In 2005 an excellent article by Lucy Lethbridge about Denton Welch appeared in Slightly Foxed. So why another? Well, he is one of those writers who attract a small but passionate band of devotees....

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An Eye for Absurdity

Village fêtes are dangerous places to buy books. The conviction that somewhere among the ancient almanacs and dog-eared Jilly Coopers lurks an underpriced treasure is so strong that I find it hard...

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Rolling down to Rio

Between the ages of 7 and 11 I often saw my father take the stage in a packed and smoky concert hall. It was a once-a-week performance. Sometimes I watched from the wings as he took command of the...

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Black Dogs and Stone Pianos

Despite the solidity of its dry stone walls and its rugged beauty, the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales is fragile. By the 1920s, more vulnerable still was the way of life that had continued there...

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A Lost Generation

Many years ago my wife and I were confined by the police to our hot hotel in Rhodes for an evening, a fate we shared with other tourists as a result of anticipated demonstrations against the...

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Persia on Exmoor

The photograph in question fell out of a recently rediscovered book, The Far-Distant Oxus, in which horses – or rather ponies – play the leading role. The date of publication is 1937, the very...

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Certainly not Cricket

Military men write better prose than most – by the nature of their work they eschew ambiguity and long-windedness in favour of plain-speaking – and Christie Lawrence was no exception to the rule....

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Hawking the Owls

Open any magazine whose readers include novice or would-be writers – from Writers’ News to the London Review of Books to Mslexia – and it’s clear that there must be an increasing number of...

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