• Pages: 96
  • Format: 210 x 148mm
  • Publication date: Mar 2017
  • Producer: Printed and bound by Smith Settle, Yeadon, West Yorkshire
  • Cover artist: Alice Pattullo, ‘The Potting Shed’
  • ISBN: 978-1-906562-98-4
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 53

‘Circus Tricks’

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Open up a world of new reading with Slightly Foxed, the quarterly magazine for booklovers. Companionable, entertaining and elegantly produced, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary review . . .

In this issue

Adam Sisman accompanies George Smiley to The Circus • Alexandra Harris is moved by William Cowper’s letters • Jim McCue takes T. S. Eliot at his word • Maggie Fergusson lays ghosts with Hilary Mantel • Anthony Gardner examines the business of loving • Isabel Lloyd follows the way of the actor • Robin Blake maps out his reading • Pamela Beasant sees Orkney through fresh eyes • Charles Elliott mourns the lost world of the Xhosa • Katie Grant enjoys a Ruritanian adventure • David Beanland joins Arthur Ransome on the river bank, and much, much more . . .

Contents & Bibliography

Circus Tricks • ADAM SISMAN

John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

A Flickering on the Staircase • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

Hilary Mantel, Giving up the Ghost

Moments of Truth • CHRISTOPHER RUSH

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace


Albert Payson Terhune, Lad: A Dog

The Abyss Beyond the Orchard • ALEXANDRA HARRIS

The letters of William Cowper

Stage Lightning • ISABEL LLOYD

Brian Bates, The Way of the Actor

A Lesson in Living • ALISON LIGHT

John McGahern, The Barracks

Bloody Conquest • CHARLES ELLIOTT

Noël Mostert, Frontiers

Taking the Poet at His Word • JIM McCUE

Editing The Poems of T. S. Eliot

Reading Maps • ROBIN BLAKE

On maps in books

Trouble in Ruritania • KATIE GRANT

Violet Needham, The Black Riders

Angling for a Bit of Peace • DAVID BEANLAND

Arthur Ransome, Rod & Line

Age of Innocence • ANTHONY GARDNER

Godfrey Smith, The Business of Loving

A Song of the Islands • PAMELA BEASANT

George Mackay Brown, An Orkney Tapestry

Time Out of War • JEREMY LEWIS

Robert Kee, A Crowd Is Not Company

Along the Old Ways • URSULA BUCHAN

W. H. Hudson, A Shepherd’s Life

The Book Cure • KEN HAIGH

Rediscovering the love of reading

About Slightly Foxed

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