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Slightly Foxed Issue 56

  • Pages: 96
  • Format: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W Illustrations
  • Publication date: December 2017
  • Producer: Printed and bound by Smith Settle, Yeadon, West Yorkshire
  • Cover artist: Clare Curtis, ‘The Thought Fox’, linocut
  • ISBN: 978-1-910898-09-3
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 56

‘Making the Best of It’

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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: Anthony Wells goes in search of Proust • Ysenda Maxtone Graham mourns the passing of a great Children’s Encyclopedia • Brandon Robshaw introduces the real George Orwell • Morag MacInnes has a laugh with Frank Reynolds • Daisy Hay admits to being a Chalet girl • Michael Holroyd wonders why he became a biographer • Sue Gee meets the author of Emil and the Detectives • William Palmer gets to know Mr Lear • Matt Huber takes off with Gavin Lyall . . .


Making the Best of It • WILLIAM PALMER

Vivien Noakes, Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer

48 Königsbrücker Strasse • SUE GEE

Erich Kästner, When I Was a Little Boy

Introducing M. Swann • ANTHONY WELLS

Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

Secrets of the Hive • NICHOLAS ASPREY

Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

Aerobatics • MATT HUBER

The aviation thrillers of Gavin Lyall

A Writer in Hiding • KATE JONES

The novels of A. L. Barker


The Dragon Book of Verse


Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Packing a Punch • MORAG MACINNES

The cartoons of Frank Reynolds

An Extraordinary Ordinary Bloke • BRANDON ROBSHAW

The essays of George Orwell


The Oxford Junior Encyclopedia

A Different Kind of Wealth • CHRIS SAUNDERS

Robert Francis, Travelling in Amherst

Brief Encounters • HORACE ANNESLEY

Spencer Somers, Tea at Florian’s

Chalet Girls • DAISY HAY

Elinor M. Brent-Dyer’s Chalet School books

Harvey Learns the Ropes • ANDREW JOYNES

Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous

Lives and Letters • MICHAEL HOLROYD

On becoming a biographer

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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