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Slightly Foxed Issue 41
  • ISBN: 9781906562625
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 March 2014
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: James Weston Lewis, ‘Bluebells’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
  • Issue Subtitle: ‘Cellmates’
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Slightly Foxed Issue 41

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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: Richard Mabey finds a cellmate • Anne Boston falls for Carrington • Anthony Gardner salutes a remarkable soldier • Jane Ridley curtseys to a queen • David Gilmour visits a francophile’s England • Daisy Hay meets a Mitford • Patrick Welland raises a glass to Flann O’Brien • Galen O’Hanlon paddles with ducks . . .



Cellmates • RICHARD MABEY on Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher

The Strength of the Gentle • ANTHONY GARDNER on John Hackett, I Was a Stranger

Git a Hoss! • DAVID RAIN on Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

Never a Belonger • DAVID GILMOUR on the works of Richard Cobb

A Reluctant Hero • AMANDA THEUNISSEN on Ronald Welch, Captain of Foot

Marching with the Trottas • ARIANE BANKES on Joseph Roth, The Radetzky March

The Purple Moth • JANE RIDLEY on James Pope-Hennessy, Queen Mary

Through the Wardrobe • LOMAX ALLWOOD on the illustrations of Pauline Diana Baynes

A Quare One • PATRICK WELLAND on the novels of Flann O’Brien

Taking a Gander • GALEN O’HANLON on Dillon Ripley, A Paddling of Ducks

The War of Aircraftwoman 2146391 • DON WATSON on Mary Lee Settle, All the Brave Promises

Well Earthed • ANTHONY LONGDEN on S. L. Bensusan, Village Idylls; A Marshland Omnibus

Honourable Rebel • DAISY HAY on Jessica Mitford, Hons and Rebels

A Certain Idea of France • HENRY JEFFREYS on Allan Massie, A Question of Loyalties

Catlike Carrington • ANNE BOSTON on The Art of Dora Carrington

What Became of Waring • MICHAEL BARBER on Anthony Powell, What’s Become of Waring

A Dickens of a Project • LAURA FREEMAN on the works of Charles Dickens


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 41: From the Editors

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As I remember it, Vole was already up and running when Lewis Thomas arose in our midst like some ecological genie, a combination of gentle evangelist and stand-up comedian. It was 1977, and Richard...

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The Strength of the Gentle

Among Britain’s defeats in the Second World War, the Battle of Arnhem comes second only to Dunkirk in the popular imagination. The parachute troops’ hopeless bid for control of the Rhine crossing...

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Git a Hoss!

Radio stations in my youth were always running phone-ins to find the greatest pop songs of all time – that is, of the last few decades. The top song, as I recall, was always the same: ‘Stairway...

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Never a Belonger

Richard Cobb in England seems, if not quite an oxymoron, at least a bizarre fortuity, an accident of birth, like El Greco in Crete or Livingstone in Lanarkshire. For was he not one of the most...

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A Reluctant Hero

What would you do if you were a soldier, the last in a long line of fighting ancestors who had all distinguished themselves in battle, but you really hated going to war and wanted to give it all up...

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Marching with the Trottas

Some novels creep up quietly on you from behind, while others grasp you firmly by the collar and sweep you briskly into their firmament, barely giving you time to catch your breath. The Radetzky...

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Through the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia are now re-entering children’s consciousness because of the current series of films, and it often takes some time to convince them that the books came first. For me,...

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A Quare One

I sensed him looking at me as I sat in the tobacco fug of the Palace Bar in Dublin’s Fleet Street back in the ’60s engrossed in Joyce’s Dubliners. His scrutiny from the adjacent bar stool was...

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Taking a Gander

I was determined to leave behind the pretensions of the English Lit. student in me, the one who might casually let Paradise Lost or The Prelude or even the later works of St Augustine drop from his...

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The War of Aircraftwoman 2146391

Mary Lee Settle is best known as the author of a quintet of novels set in her native West Virginia. But her memoir All the Brave Promises: The Memories of Aircraftwoman Second Class 2146391,...

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Well Earthed

I made my first acquaintance with David Grayson in a dank corner of a bookshop basement. The bare light bulb just overhead had gone out, probably months before, leaving the corner in deep shadow....

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A Certain Idea of France

In 2011 a French popular novelist called Alexandre Jardine was vilified in both Le Figaro and Le Monde for writing that his grandfather was complicit in the crimes of the Vichy regime. Over seventy...

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Catlike Carrington

On New Year’s Day 1917 Carrington noted in her diary that her portrait of Lytton Strachey was finished; knowing her achievement, she hugged it to herself. ‘I should like to go on always painting...

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What Became of Waring

I can’t remember when I discovered Anthony Powell, but I do know that what caught my attention about his first novel, Afternoon Men (1931), was somebody’s description of it as ‘the party novel...

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A Dickens of a Project

At midnight on New Year’s Eve 2012, as fireworks burst over Hyde Park, I was propped up in bed with a paperback feeling a terrific failure. The book was Charles Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge. I was 459...

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