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Slightly Foxed Issue 73
  • ISBN: 9781910898642
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 March 2022
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover Artist: Sandra Graham, ‘River Rea, 2021’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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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

Daisy Hay goes for a walk in Barsetshire • Tim Pears salutes a Bosnian chronicler • Nicola Chester returns to Lark Rise • Andrew Nixon celebrates Frank Key’s Hooting Yard • Daisy Dunn spends time in the classical world with Mary Renault • Gustav Temple is unnerved by Patricia Highsmith • Suzi Feay enters the strange world of Arthur Machen • Mathew Lyons meets the Midnight Folk • Ariane Bankes remembers the artist Julian Trevelyan, and much more besides . . .


A Year in Barsetshire • DAISY HAY

Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire novels

On Juniper Hill • NICOLA CHESTER

Flora Thompson, Lark Rise

A Glorious Menagerie • ANNE BOSTON

Philippe Germond & Jacques Livet, An Egyptian Bestiary

No Moral Compass • GUSTAV TEMPLE

Patricia Highsmith, This Sweet Sickness

Fulmar, Gannet and Puffin • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

Karin Altenberg, Island of Wings

The Art of Bookselling • CHRIS SAUNDERS

Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop

Not So Verray Parfit • SUE GAISFORD

Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Knight’s Tale’

Fresh as Paint • ARIANE BANKES

Julian Trevelyan, Indigo Days

Hammering Away at Words • ANDREW NIXON

The stories of Frank Key

A Classical Mosaic • DAISY DUNN

Mary Renault, The Last of the Wine

Following the Music • SUZI FEAY

Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams

The Sins of the Father • HELEN MACEWAN

Vyvyan Holland, Son of Oscar Wilde

Writing under Occupation • TIM PEARS

Ivo Andrić, Bosnian Chronicle

A Fresh Take on the ’45 • URSULA BUCHAN

Violet Jacob, Flemington

Joy Undimmed • MATHEW LYONS

John Masefield, The Midnight Folk

Through a Glass, Madly • MARTIN SORRELL

Miguel Cervantes and the Glass Delusion


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 73: From the Editors

    After a long winter of disruptions, there’s definitely a feeling of spring in the air at Slightly Foxed. We know we’re not out of the woods yet where Covid is concerned, but the start of the year...

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    A Year in Barsetshire

    In the spring of 2020, amidst the early devastation of Covid-19, I found myself unable to read. I was grappling with the after-effects of an accident when the pandemic struck, so my concentration was...

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    On Juniper Hill

    Flora Thompson’s Lark Rise has always felt like home. A romantic notion, perhaps, from someone brought up in the 1970s and ’80s, rather than a century ago, as Flora was. I first read it when I...

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    A Glorious Menagerie

    ‘Of all the civilizations of the ancient world, none enjoyed such a close and significant relationship with the animal realm as that of the ancient Egyptians.’ So Philippe Germond, an...

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    No Moral Compass

    During the first year of lockdown I decided to read the entire canon of Patricia Highsmith. I’d read The Talented Mr Ripley, but I wanted to see what the less famous novels were like. I would not,...

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    Fulmar, Gannet and Puffin

    In shelves to the left and right of the fireplace in our dining-room, my husband keeps an extensive collection of books about Scotland. Half a shelf is given over to volumes on St Kilda. If ever I...

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    The Art of Bookselling

    Just as most good books aren’t really about the things they say they are, Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop (1978) isn’t really about a bookshop. It’s about English insularity, politics, the...

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    Not So Verray Parfit

    I once taught English at a girls’ school in which the head of depart­ment didn’t like poetry. It’s an odd aversion but it worked well for me. The poetry room was right at the top of a very...

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    Fresh as Paint

    My brother, my sister and I grew up in a rambling farmhouse in Hampshire hung with pictures by friends of our parents, for they knew a wide range of artists and tended, naturally, to buy works by...

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    Hammering Away at Words

    ‘Why do I feel as if the Earth is disappearing from under my feet?’ was the reaction of one friend when I introduced him to Hooting Yard, the ‘nonsense’ literary universe created by that most...

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    A Classical Mosaic

    Alexias was an unwanted child. When he was born, a month prema­ture, his father took one look at his small, fragile frame and decided that he was the product of an inauspicious age and that it would...

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    Following the Music

    As deputy literary editor of the Independent on Sunday in the mid-1990s, it was my job to organize and compile several of the routine book columns and features every week. One such was the...

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    The Sins of the Father

    A. A. Milne’s son musing with mixed feelings on his childhood as ‘Christopher Robin’; Daphne du Maurier’s daughter recalling life at Menabilly, the model for Rebecca’s Manderley . . ....

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    Writing under Occupation

    Many writers reported finding it hard to focus during the Covid lockdowns, beset as they were by anxiety and feelings of futility. Eighty years ago, a writer produced remarkable novels under a far...

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    A Fresh Take on the '45

    Flemington by Violet Jacob was recommended to me by my grand­parents. Posthumously. When writing my biography of John Buchan, I came across a letter he wrote in 1911 to the author, soon after the...

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    Joy Undimmed

    John Masefield was in his last year as Poet Laureate when I was born in 1966. I remember copying out his poem ‘Cargoes’ in primary school – ‘Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir . . .’...

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    Through a Glass, Madly

    In my day, the A-level Spanish syllabus included a few score of the key pages of Don Quijote – windmills mistaken for giants, labourers for lords, prostitutes for princesses, and so on. When I got...

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    Cover Artist: Slightly Foxed Issue 73, Sandra Graham, ‘River Rea, 2021’

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