• Pages: 96
  • Format: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: June 2014
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: George Devlin
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Slightly Foxed Issue 42

Small World

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In this issue

Michael Holroyd joins the Borrowers • Penelope Lively meets the child that books built • Jeremy Lewis goes down Tewkesbury way • Sue Gee travels to Corfu with Lawrence Durrell • Christian Tyler salutes a Chinese dissident • Mark Haworth-Booth returns to Kettle’s Yard • Adam Foulds describes his most precious book • Sophie Breese celebrates the novelist Barbara Comyns • Glyn Frewer relives his days as a second-hand bookseller • Robin Blake braves a high wind in Jamaica . . .


Mary Norton, The Complete Borrowers

Down Tewkesbury Way • JEREMY LEWIS

John Moore, Portrait of Elmbury

Sophia Fairclough and Me • SOPHIE BREESE

On the novels of Barbara Comyns


Jim Ede, A Way of Life: Kettle’s Yard

Where the Blue Really Begins • SUE GEE

Lawrence Durrell, Prospero’s Cell; Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

Too Hot to Handle • CHRISTIAN TYLER

Wei Jingsheng, The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings

Writings Why Must She Grow up? • ROBIN BLAKE

Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica

The Most Precious Book I Own • ADAM FOULDS

A Book of Jewish Thoughts


Irma Kurtz, The Great American Bus Ride

A Scientist for All Seasons • CATHERINE MERRICK

E. O. Wilson, Biophilia

Mad about the Girl • CONSTANTINE FRASER

Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson

Magic Casements • PENELOPE LIVELY

Francis Spufford, The Child that Books Built

The House that Jack Built • GRANT MCINTYRE

Patrick O’Brian, The Aubrey/Maturin novels

Et in Arcadia • JONATHAN SALE

Kenneth Grahame, The Golden Age; Dream Days

Before Mrs Miniver • VALERIE GROVE

Jan Struther, Try Anything Twice

A Blooming Miracle • GORDON BOWKER

James Joyce, Ulysses

Turning a Page • GLYN FREWER

Second-hand bookselling

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. More . . . 

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