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Slightly Foxed Issue 74
Slightly Foxed Issue 74: The Real Reader’s Quarterly - Summer 2022
  • ISBN: 9781910898680
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 June 2022
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover Artist: Clover Robin, ‘Devon Coast path, 2022’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 74

‘Voices from the Riverbank’


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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

Sue Gee goes boating with Mole and Ratty • Jim Ring doesn’t mean to go to sea • Pauline Melville sets sail for Guyana • Grant McIntyre gathers herbs at Copsford • Rachel Cooke witnesses the war between the Tates • Justin Marozzi heads for the Hindu Kush • Alexandra Harris picks up a Pevsner • Andrew Ryan recalls boxing days • Olivia Potts masters the art of French cooking, and much more besides . . .

Voices from the Riverbank • SUE GEE

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

An Understanding Heart • HAZEL WOOD

Flora Thompson, Over to Candleford & Candleford Green

In Nuristan with Carless • JUSTIN MAROZZI

Eric Newby, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

An Appetite for Looking • ALEXANDRA HARRIS

Susie Harries, Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life

Academic Affairs • RACHEL COOKE

Alison Lurie, The War Between the Tates

Unsuspected Depths • GRANT MCINTYRE

Walter J. C. Murray, Copsford

Of Captains and Khans • LESLEY DOWNER

Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game

Boxing Days • ANDREW RYAN

A. J. Liebling, The Sweet Science


John Fowles, The Magus


Edgar Mittelholzer, My Bones and My Flute

Guilty Pleasures • KEN HAIGH

Robert van Gulik’s Judge Dee stories

Read, then Cook • OLIVIA POTTS

Julia Child et al., Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Lark, Hare, Stone • ROBIN BLAKE

The writings of Shane Connaughton

A Tale of Two Villages • WILLIAM PALMER

Norman Lewis, Voices of the Old Sea

Murder, Miracles and Myanmar • ALASTAIR GLEGG

The novels of F. Tennyson Jesse

Last of the Swallows • JIM RING

Arthur Ransome, We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea

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 . . . 

    Slightly Foxed Issue 74: From the Editors

    Summer is here and the square outside has come alive again. There are people walking their dogs or enjoying the sunshine at tables outside the café opposite the office. It’s a peaceful scene, but...

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    Voices from the Riverbank

    ‘Never read it?’ said the Rat in astonishment. ‘Never read it? Why, my dear fellow, you simply haven’t lived.’ ‘Is it really as good as all that?’ the Mole asked humbly. The Rat...

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    An Understanding Heart

    I can’t remember when I first read the magical trilogy that came to be known as Lark Rise to Candleford but, turning to it for comfort during the days of the 2020 lockdowns, I was struck afresh by...

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    In Nuristan with Carless

    Twenty years ago, I was due to give a talk at the Travellers Club about a recent expedition. I thought it would be much more entertaining for everyone if my friend Ned spoke about the perils of...

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    An Appetite for Looking

    ‘Is Pevsner in the back?’ A familiar question from the driver when setting off for almost any destination in England – familiar not from my childhood (I don’t think there were Pevsners at...

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    Academic Affairs

    People tend to overstate the case when it comes to fiction and empathy: just as there are lots of nasty writers, there are also plenty of insensitive, clod-hopping readers. But still, novels can be...

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    Unsuspected Depths

    My sister gave me Copsford (1948). It was clearly a book she loved, and its author – Walter Murray – was someone we’d once known. So it seemed odd I’d never heard of it. It’s a strange,...

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    Of Captains and Khans

    Many years ago, when it was possible to do such things, I hitchhiked to India. I travelled through Iran and Afghanistan, saw the Great Buddhas at Bamiyan, and rode through the Khyber Pass on the roof...

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    Boxing Days

    The jab that crunched into my nose before I had my guard up was a fine lesson in the importance of being prepared, but it is not a fond memory. Getting punched rarely is. A. J. Liebling, however,...

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    Fifty Years On

    If, as I did, you came of age in the Sixties, then one rite of passage you may have undergone was reading John Fowles’s bestselling Bildungsroman, The Magus (1965), which provided, it was said, an...

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    Dem Bones

    Some thirty years ago in the National Museum of Guyana, amidst the geological, archaeological and historical artefacts in their display cabinets, there existed a carefully cordoned-off empty space....

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    Guilty Pleasures

    More often than not, a shelf of books is a statement about the person we wish to be. We carefully arrange the titles so our friends will gain a favourable impression of us, thinking that we are...

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    Read, then Cook

    ‘If you can read, you can cook.’ This was the simple, revolutionary philosophy behind Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961 and 1970), written by Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette...

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    Lark, Hare, Stone

    Memories of the British Empire may be receding around the world, but they live on in Ireland, the first and closest of Britain’s colonies. It is not hard to see why. For centuries all the...

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    A Tale of Two Villages

    For many people in the countryside, life just after the Second World War had not changed so very much from a hundred years before. When I was a young boy in the 1950s our family lived in a small...

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    Murder, Miracles and Myanmar

    As I had expected, I found the famous murder trials edited by Miss F. Tennyson Jesse on the shelves of the Law Library of the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, but I was pleasantly...

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    Last of the Swallows

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that the perfect happiness of progeny is achieved only in the absence of their parents. As such circumstances are normally attended by certain obvious practical...

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