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Slightly Foxed Issue 67
  • ISBN: 9781910898475
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 September 2020
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover Artist: Tor Falcon, ‘Fox’s Earth in Calveley Hall Wood’, pastel
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 67

‘A Separate World’


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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

Selina Hastings meets a Mitford • David Fleming goes down with the TitanicLaura Freeman accepts an invitation to the waltz • Tim Pears experiences the force of history • Polly Devlin is transported to Hollywood • Kristian Doyle loafs by the Seine • Rose Baring does the rounds with a country GP • Ian Thomson travels to Estonia and the world of Jaan Kross • Hazel Wood visits the Pimpernel Press • Edmund Gordon parties with Henry Green, and much more besides . . .

A Separate World • IAN THOMSON

Jaan Kross, The Czar’s Madman

Left, Left, Left • SELINA HASTINGS

Jessica Mitford, Hons and Rebels

An Obscure Form of Magic • EDMUND GORDON

Henry Green, Party Going

Giving Pain a Voice • ROSE BARING

John Berger, A Fortunate Man

A Vanished Warmth • ROBIN BLAKE

Humphrey Jennings, Pandaemonium

Loafing by the Seine • KRISTIAN DOYLE

Julian Green, Paris

The Last of Rome • SUE GAISFORD

Rosemary Sutcliff, Frontier Wolf & The Lantern Bearers

Worse Things Happen at Sea • DAVID FLEMING

Walter Lord, A Night to Remember

Progession by Digression • CHRISTIAN TYLER

Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

Branching Out • HAZEL WOOD

The Pimpernel Press

Blooming Marvellous • POLLY DEVLIN

Darcy O’Brien, A Way of Life, Like Any Other

The Force of History • TIM PEARS

Charles T. Powers, In the Memory of the Forest


Rosamond Lehmann, Invitation to the Waltz

An Irresistable Cad • ANTHONY GARDNER

Guy de Maupassant, Bel-Ami


Ian Allan’s book for trainspotters

Coal, Rent and Chaos • MICHAEL LEAPMAN

Gwyn Thomas, A Frost on My Frolic

Delivering a Missing Letter • KATE MORGAN

The crime novels of Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö

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. Read more about Slightly Foxed.

Slightly Foxed Issue 67: From the Editors

There’s a fox’s earth on the cover of this issue, but thanks in large part to you, this Fox has far from gone to earth. We’ve loved receiving your encouraging messages and emails during this...

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A Separate World

When I think back to that first visit of mine to Estonia in 1988, I see muted, metallic-grey tones of fog and sea; above all I remember a sense of wonder that I was finally on my way to my mother’s...

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Left, Left, Left

In the early 1980s I began working on my first book, a biography of Nancy Mitford. Four of the six Mitford sisters were then still living, Pamela in the Cotswolds, Diana in Paris with her second...

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An Obscure Form of Magic

I’ve just read Party Going (1939), Henry Green’s comic and melancholic masterpiece, for the third or fourth time, and I’m still not sure how to convey its complex flavour. It’s a...

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Giving Pain a Voice

A lone doctor hares down a country lane in his Land Rover, his thumb jammed on the horn to warn the oncoming traffic that he’s not stopping. A woodman’s been pinned to the ground on a remote...

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A Vanished Warmth

At school I loved our history lessons. I spent hours drawing plans of castles and battles, and was a binge reader of historical fiction by anyone from Rosemary Sutcliff and Henry Treece to Mary...

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Loafing by the Seine

Sometimes, nostalgic for Paris, I read books about the city in the hope that through them I’ll know again the felt reality of daily life there. It never really works: books, after all, can only do...

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The Last of Rome

Desperation drove me to Horatius, one gloomy afternoon in late October. Thirty restless children were waiting to be entertained, educated or even just dissuaded from rioting by their hapless supply...

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Worse Things Happen at Sea

Every child who enjoys reading will sooner or later begin to explore the world of grown-up books. The first ones I ever read were bought in an antique shop in the picturesque town of Cromarty on the...

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Progression by Digression

In many ways The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a maddening book. It is funny, of course, but also eccentric, anarchic and longwinded; and it’s hard to understand why it...

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Branching Out

In keeping with its name, Pimpernel Press has put down its roots in an unassuming Victorian house hidden at the end of a pleasant street off West London’s Harrow Road. The only hint that a...

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Blooming Marvellous

Sometime in the late 1990s, when I was staying in Dublin with my sister Marie Heaney and her husband Seamus, he was working on the introduction to a book called A Way of Life, Like Any Other, which I...

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The Force of History

‘My father once told me that our history is like a force behind us, pushing us along, unacknowledged or even unknown, but dictating the way we live our lives.’ In the Memory of the Forest by...

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Mood Music

‘Dance after dance with an old fogey. Three running now, pressed to his paunch.’ Oh, the hell of parties! The small humiliations. The shy, smudged-mascara, wallflower-grief of it all. Where was...

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An Irresistible Cad

Is it possible to love a book and hate it at the same time? That is the question that nags me whenever I think of Guy de Maupassant’s novel Bel-Ami (1885). It’s undoubtedly a masterpiece: the...

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Going Loco

Recently, lingering in my loft over books and back numbers of this journal and that, I stumbled on a photo of some schoolboys, paper and pencils in hand, sitting on a fence and watching a train go...

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Coal, Rent and Chaos

A couple of years ago the judges for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction decided that none of the sixty two books submitted was funny enough to win, so they withheld the award....

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Delivering a Missing Letter

A disused bus shelter in the market town of Sedbergh is a curious place for a quest to end, literary or otherwise. The town itself is rather curious too; geographically in Cumbria but on the wrong...

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