Slightly Foxed Issue 60 (1 Dec 2018)
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  • Pages: 96
  • Format: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W Illustrations
  • Publication date: Dec 2018
  • Producer: Printed and bound by Smith Settle, Yeadon, West Yorkshire
  • Cover artist: Chris Wormell, ‘The Fox’, wood engraving
  • Inside Cover artist: Posy Simmonds, 'Office Life'
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
  • ISBN: 9781910898246
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Slightly Foxed Issue 60 (1 Dec 2018)

A Dickens of a Riot

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‘A vibrant and stimulating literary diamond’ Dovegrey Reader

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: Daisy Hay runs riot with Dickens • Alan Bradley stands up for purple prose • Hazel Wood meets an uncommon reader • Frances Donnelly finds a gap in the alphabet • Justin Marozzi is charmed by a modest mountaineer • Anne Boston gets the shivers in Cold War Siberia • Nigel Andrew wonders what happened to Elizabeth Jenkins • Sue Gaisford is seduced by a wicked Earl • Laurence Scott gets out his guitar • Sue Gee meets the man who drew Pooh • Richard Platt is gripped by the story of a lost will •  Victoria Neumark goes in search of unicorns • Alastair Glegg says a belated thank you, and much more besides . . .

A Dickens of a Riot • DAISY HAY

Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge

Between the Lines • SUE GEE

E. H. Shepard, Drawn from Memory & Drawn from Life

From Bloomsbury . . . • ALAN BRADLEY

Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader

. . . to Buckingham Palace • HAZEL WOOD

Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

Rock, Root and Bird • JUSTIN MAROZZI

Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

Keeping Ahead of the Game • CHRISTOPHER RUSH

Anon., Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Russian Roulette • ANNE BOSTON

Lionel Davidson, Kolymsky Heights

Incorrigible and Irresistible • SUE GAISFORD

The letters of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

A Modern Pied Piper • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

An interview with Michael Morpurgo

Histories of the Soul • CHRISTIAN TYLER

The works of Svetlana Alexievich

Whatever Happened to Elizabeth Jenkins? • NIGEL ANDREW

The novels of Elizabeth Jenkins

In Search of Unicorns • VICTORIA NEUMARK

Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse & Linnets and Valerians

Grave Expectations • RICHARD PLATT

Charles Palliser, The Quincunx

Kinsey Makes a Difference • FRANCES DONNELLY

Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Alphabet novels

The Next Bob Dylan • Laurence Scott

Bert Weedon, Play in a Day

Unsung Heroes • ALASTAIR GLEGG

Learning to read at prep school

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 . . . 

‘It ranks as one of the more unusual publications I have ever come across and manages to be both literary and easily readable. I consider myself fairly well-read but Slightly Foxed never fails to dazzle me upon its arrival. ’ Bookslut

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Between the Lines

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  1. Damian Barr says:

    I adore Slightly Foxed. It should be made available in every school as it challenges the idea of the canon. The quarterly is full of impassioned pleas and raves about curious obsessions and literary passions, and to read of these passions is a real privilege.

  2. Hilary Mantel says:

    The business of reading should please the hand and eye as well as the brain, and Slightly Foxed editions – books or quarterly – are elegant creations. Content follows form, offering new discoveries and old favourites to curious and discriminating readers.

  3. Adam Foulds says:

    Slightly Foxed is a perfect readers’ periodical and every issue is a joy. In its pages, books you don’t yet know come to light and books you already love come to life.

  4. Michael Palin says:

    Slightly Foxed is a very civilised way to appreciate books and writers. No shouting, no hype, just beautifully presented enthusiasms, most of which are irresistible. Happy 60th!

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