Slightly Foxed Issue 54, Published 1 June 2017
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Slightly Foxed Issue 54

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  • Pages: 96
  • Format: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W Illustrations
  • Publication date: June 2016
  • Producer: Printed and bound by Smith Settle, Yeadon, West Yorkshire
  • Cover artist: Oliver Akers Douglas, The Avon at Salisbury, oil on gesso panel
  • ISBN: 978-1-910898-02-4
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 54

‘An Unlikely Duo’
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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

Ysenda Maxtone Graham joins an unlikely couple on the road to Kashgar • Constantine Fraser discovers Old Salonika in a cookbook • Maggie Fergusson discusses writing and serendipity with Ali Smith • Ken Haigh snatches a quiet moment on the river bank • Frost in May gives Melissa Harrison the shivers • Colin Williams digs in on Watership Down • Cecily Blench uncovers her grandmother’s Indian past • Nigel Jarrett scratches his head over The Elements of StyleElisabeth Russell Taylor is invigorated by The Wild Irish GirlAndrew Nixon spends a summer in Tilling . . .


Contents & Bibliography

An Unlikely Duo • YSENDA MAXTONE GRAHAM

Peter Fleming, News from Tartary & Ella Maillart, Forbidden Journey

Ploughing On • HAZEL WOOD

Adrian Bell, The Cherry Tree

Strunking It • NIGEL JARRETT

Strunk & White, The Elements of Style

Once a Catholic . . . • MELISSA HARRISON

Antonia White, Frost in May

Up on the Down • COLIN WILLIAMS

Richard Adams, Watership Down

Inspired by Kipling • DAVID GILMOUR

The Indian stories and poems of Rudyard Kipling

Keeping It Real • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

An interview with the novelist Ali Smith

Speaking Volumes • CONSTANTINE FRASER

Eden & Stavroulakis, Salonika: A Family Cookbook

Everyday Mysteries • MICHAEL HOLROYD

The writings of John Stewart Collis

Stranger in Paradise • JOHN KEAY

Nicolas Bouvier, The Scorpion-Fish

‘Study to be quiet’ • KEN HAIGH

Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler

Sparkling Sydney • ELISABETH RUSSELL-TAYLOR

Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl

First-rate Monsters • ANDREW NIXON

E. F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia novels

Word from the Wood • GALEN O’HANLON

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Grandmother’s Footsteps • CECILY BLENCH

Angela Bolton, The Maturing Sun


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 . . .

‘Dear Slightly Foxed, I don’t usually write these things but I wanted to contact you to let you know how much I love your publication. Each issue adds two or three books to my to-be-read list, which it doesn’t particularly need but my soul does.’ N. Edwards, Leicestershire

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Slightly Foxed Issue 54: From the Editors

The trees are in full deep green leaf now, making a small oasis of Hoxton Square, while not fifty yards away the traffic roars past along Old Street. New regulations to cut down air pollution in...

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How long had I been standing here under the old cherry tree?

How long had I been standing here under the old cherry tree? Minutes or years? While the storm with its batteries of thunder deployed across the sky, letting fall but a few drops – for all its...

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Ploughing On

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