Slightly Foxed Issue 49
  • Pages: 96
  • Format: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 March 2016
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Rosie Sanders, ‘Dandelions and other flowers’
  • Back cover fox by: Anna Trench
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
  • ISBN: 9781906562861
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Slightly Foxed Issue 49

‘Murder at the Majestic’


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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

Robert Macfarlane disappears into his dictionaries • Margaret Drabble follows James Joyce to Trieste • Jonathan Smith goes back to school with Brian Moore • Sue Gee meets Penelope Fitzgerald’s uncles • Oliver Pritchett seeks inspiration • Sarah Bakewell takes to the autoroute with Cortázar and Dunlop • Patrick Welland recalls the end of empire with J. G. Farrell • Helena Drysdale meets some Real PeopleA. F. Harrold returns to Slaughterhouse 5Linda Leatherbarrow smells Bad Blood . . .

Murder at the Majestic • PATRICK WELLAND

J. G. Farrell, Troubles

Evasions and Deceits • PETER PARKER

Diana Petre, The Secret Orchard of Roger Ackerley


Alison Lurie, Real People

Joyce to the Life • MARGARET DRABBLE

Richard Ellmann, James Joyce

Birch, Bell and Book • JONATHAN SMITH

Brian Moore, The Feast of Lupercal

The Spell of Stout Angus • ROBERT MACFARLANE

James Stout Angus, A Glossary of the Shetland Dialect

Learning from the Wilderness • GALEN O’HANLON

Ronald Welch, Mohawk Valley

Motorway Madness • SARAH BAKEWELL

Cortázar & Dunlop, Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

Wisdom from the Ivory Tower • MATTHEW ADAMS

F. M. Cornford, Microcosmographia Academica

Dresden and After • A. F. HARROLD

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5

A Victorian Quartet • SUE GEE

Penelope Fitzgerald, The Knox Brothers

The Sadness of Mrs Bridge • WILLIAM PALMER

Evan S. Connell, Mrs Bridge


John Lloyd Stephens, Incidents of Travel in Central America


Michael MacDonagh, In London during the Great War

Old Devil in a Dog-collar • LINDA LEATHERBARROW

Lorna Sage, Bad Blood

Getting the Idea • OLIVER PRITCHETT

On Inspiration

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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