• Pages: 96
  • Format: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: Dec 2013
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Christopher Corr
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Slightly Foxed Issue 40

Mellow Fruitfulness

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In this issue

Robin Blake on the Just William books, Daisy Hay on how she fell for Jane Eyre, Derek Parker on a supreme diarist, Melissa Harrison on Ronald Blythe’s view from Wormingford, Grant McIntyre on the work of Patrick O’Brian, Ysenda Maxtone Graham on reading aloud and Posy Simmonds, pen in hand, at our bookshop. There’s an introduction, too, to the latest of our Slightly Foxed Editions, the artist Gwen Raverat’s wonderfully funny and touching memoir of her childhood in Victorian Cambridge, Period Piece . . .

Mellow Fruitfulness • MELISSA HARRISON

On the works of Ronald Blythe

Cambridge Canvas • HAZEL WOOD

Gwen Raverat, Period Piece

The Passing of Old Europe • C. J. SCHÜLER

Robert Musil, The Man without Qualities

Scourge of the Suburbs • ROBIN BLAKE

Richmal Crompton, The ‘William’ stories

Not So Plain Jane • DAISY HAY

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Feeling a Little Wembley • OLIVER PRITCHETT

On the works of Paul Jennings

A Friendship of Opposites • GRANT MCINTYRE

Patrick O’Brian, The Aubrey/Maturin novels


Tove Jansson, A Winter Book

Building Blocks • GUS ALEXANDER

H. B. Cresswell, The Honeywood File; The Honeywood Settlement

The Supreme Diarist? • DEREK PARKER

James Agate, Ego

When the Clock Struck Thirteen • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

Philippa Pearce, Tom’s Midnight Garden

Pox Britannica • SUE GEE

George Orwell, Burmese Days

The Heart’s Affections • VICTORIA NEUMARK

John Keats, Selected Letters

Auburn in Wartime • URSULA BUCHAN

Margery Allingham, The Oaken Heart: The Story of an English Village at War


On reading aloud

About Slightly Foxed

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