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Slightly Foxed Issue 45
  • ISBN: 9781906562779
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 March 2015
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Andrew Gifford, ‘Arundel Cathedral, early evening light’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 45

‘Frankly, My Dear’


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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

Victoria Glendinning hunts a biographer • Lawrence Sail hears healing laughter • Sarah Lawson revisits Gone with the WindRohan Candappa discovers a comic genius • Annabel Walker tastes the life of a peregrine • Patrick Welland enters the world of a Roman Emperor • Laura Freeman takes love lessons • John Keay witnesses a Javanese tragedy • Jane Ridley meets Edward VIII • Jeremy Lewis marches with Marlborough • Daisy Hay reads a novel of society, and much more besides . . .

Frankly, My Dear • SARAH LAWSON

Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

Hunt the Biographer • VICTORIA GLENDINNING

Michael Holroyd, Basil Street Blues


On the comic strips of Winsor McCay

A Javanese Tragedy • JOHN KEAY

Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Buru Quartet

Riding the Wind • ANNABEL WALKER

J. A. Baker, The Peregrine

Last of the Pagans • PATRICK WELLAND

Gore Vidal, Julian

Work Experience • ANNE BOSTON

Mary Breasted, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This

Marching with Marlborough • JEREMY LEWIS

Ronald Welch, Captain of Dragoons

Healing Laughter • LAWRENCE SAIL

P. J. Kavanagh, The Perfect Stranger

Falling in Love Again . . . • LAURA FREEMAN

Joan Wyndham, Love Lessons

A Glimpse of the Moon • WILLIAM PALMER

Jack Mapanje, And Crocodiles Are Hungry at Night

The Black Mask • DEREK PARKER

Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

Prince Not-So-Charming • JANE RIDLEY

Frances Donaldson, Edward VIII

The Call of the Sea • GALEN O’HANLON

Neil M. Gunn, The Silver Darlings

A Dizzy Romance • DAISY HAY

Benjamin Disraeli, Endymion

The Battleship Salesman • CHARLES ELLIOTT

Hugh Trevor-Roper, Hermit of Peking

Fishcakes! • ANTHONY WELLS

Robert Graves, Lars Porsena or the Future of Swearing

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 45: From the Editors

Intimations of spring at last! The days are lengthening, watery spring sunlight is filtering through the bare trees in the square, there’s a jug of daffodils on the windowsill, and the tatty old...

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Frankly, My Dear

Mention Gone with the Wind and everyone thinks of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. It is Gable, in the role of Rhett Butler, who utters the immortal ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn’ when a...

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Hunt the Biographer

Michael Holroyd is the most distinguished biographer of his generation, chiefly on the strength of three monumental works – Lytton Strachey, Augustus John and Bernard Shaw, published between 1967...

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The Call of the Sea

It’s a wonderful thing when a book so fires the imagination that it becomes more real than the world around you, when the mind is totally absorbed, the page dissolves, and you begin to exist...

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And So to Bed

On this particular day what caught my eye was a large-format hardback entitled The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland, Volume 1: 1905–1907. I picked it up, opened the cover, and fell into a...

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A Javanese Tragedy

I did, though, on someone’s recommendation, pick up an English translation of This Earth of Mankind (1980). The first volume in the Buru Quartet, it forms a necessary introduction to those that...

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Riding the Wind

Living in buzzard country, I should have been looking for a book that would fill the many gaps in my knowledge of these avian next-door neighbours. In fact, I was simply searching for the best...

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Last of the Pagans

Vidal explores this confrontation between old and new in a fictive autobiography drawing on three surviving volumes of Julian’s letters and essays, and contemporary recollections. In doing so, he...

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Work Experience

The speaker – and wide-eyed narrator of I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This – is Sarah Makepeace, ex-college girl from Four Corners, Massachusetts, newly arrived in Greenwich Village and keen to...

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Marching with Marlborough

Published in 1956, Captain of Dragoons is set in the reign of Queen Anne, during the early years of the War of the Spanish Succession, and the relevant member of the family is Charles Carey, ‘a...

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Falling in Love Again . . .

Joan Wyndham was not about to let such a disagreeable thing as a world war get in the way of having a jolly time. It is not that she didn’t take the war seriously – after art school she...

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A Glimpse of the Moon

Then, last year, I heard an interview with Jack on the BBC, talking about his memoir of life as a political prisoner in Malawi from 1987 to 1991. Its title, And Crocodiles Are Hungry at Night, refers...

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The Black Mask

The Thin Man was Hammett’s last book, and rather different from his others – it’s both thriller and sly sexual farce, the dialogue full of the slick one-liners which instantly became the...

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Prince Not-So-Charming

Because I write about monarchs, people have sometimes asked me whether I’ve read Frances Donaldson’s Edward VIII. ‘Not my period,’ I would stupidly reply, but the historian’s...

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A Dizzy Romance

Endymion tells the story of Endymion and Myra Ferrars, a pair of improbably beautiful and good-natured twins, who are forced to make their own way in the world when their father loses his power and...

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A Battleship Salesman

Hugh Trevor-Roper was Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford when in 1973 he received a letter from a Swiss doctor named Reinhard Hoeppli. Hoeppli had a strange request. He was in possession of...

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The future of swearing, what a wonderful subject. I looked forward to learning more: since the book was blessedly short, at 94 pages, 22 lines a page and only 6 words a line, finishing it wouldn’t...

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  1. Pat Cherry says:

    Loved reading the article by Sarah Lawson of Margaret Mitchell’s book, Gone with the Wind. Sarah is a brilliant writer and gives the reader excitement as she reviews an old masterfully written book with its twists and turns and emotionally charged issues of lives being changed and women learning to survive.

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