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Slightly Foxed Issue 79
  • ISBN: 9781910898857
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 September 2023
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover Artist: Maxwell Doig, ‘Southwold Rooftops II’, acrylic on canvas on panel
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 79

‘U and I and Me’


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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

Tim Pears is impressed by a long Life • Olivia Potts goes back to basics • Richard Brown fights a losing battle • Frances Donnelly experiences the Feelgood factor • Roger Hudson dines with Queen Victoria • Maggie Fergusson does time • John Keay takes a round trip • George Cochrane confesses to an addiction • Martin Sorrell meets a murderer • Flora Watkins rides to hounds, and much more besides . . .


Nicholson Baker, U and I: A True Story

An Unusual Case • MARTIN SORRELL

Richard Cobb, A Classical Education

Such Devoted Sisters • KATE YOUNG

Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Completely Foxed • DAVID FLEMING

David Garnett, Lady into Fox

The Man Who Stopped at Nothing • GRANT MCINTYRE

The writings of Oliver Sacks

Looking Horror in the Eye • TIM PEARS

Konstantin Paustovsky, The Story of a Life


Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Boiled Beef and Icy Bedrooms • ROGER HUDSON

Memoirs of Queen Victoria’s courtiers

Cooking with Confidence • OLIVIA POTTS

Marguerite Patten, Cookery in Colour

Too Sharp for Her Own Good • CHRIS SAUNDERS

Stella Gibbons, Westwood

A Farmboy Goes to War • WILLIAM PALMER

Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

Beyond the Safe Zone • RICHARD BROWN

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Finding a Family • FRANCES DONNELLY

Michael Cunningham, A Home at the End of the World

At Sea with Slocum • JOHN KEAY

Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World

Against the Current • ADAM SISMAN

Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety

Verse and Worse • ALASTAIR GLEGG

William S. Baring-Gould’s anthologies

Reading between the Lines • MAGGIE FERGUSSON

On reading with prisoners

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 . . . 

U and I and Me

I hadn’t read much John Updike when I picked up Nicholson Baker’s book on him during lockdown; but then neither had Baker when he wrote the book. This is one of the novelties of U and I. Where...

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An Unusual Case

Richard Cobb’s memoir A Classical Education (1985) opens on a spring day in 1950. He is at St Lazare station in Paris awaiting the arrival of an old schoolfriend he’s not seen for fourteen years....

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Such Devoted Sisters

I read Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) one summer as a teenager. It’s a work of gothic horror, and a mystery novel. More specifically, it’s a strange, haunting story...

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Completely Foxed

During late evening strolls round the quiet streets near my home I occasionally have a close encounter with a fox. We stand there, yards apart, each daring the other to move first, till finally the...

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The Man Who Stopped at Nothing

Some writers lead us into lives we’d never otherwise imagine; Michael Herr, writing on the fear and madness of war, was one; Thomas Merton on monastic seclusion, another. Oliver Sacks was one as...

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Looking Horror in the Eye

My father was a country priest, a bookish intellectual hidden in a Devon valley on the edge of Dartmoor. He was something of a Russophile, and among the books that lined the walls of his study was a...

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Gone Away!

Can you recall the novel that took you away from the nursery bookshelves and into the realms of Grown-Up Books – a gateway book, if you like? I happened upon mine after months of resisting efforts...

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Boiled Beef and Icy Bedrooms

In her long reign, stretching across eight decades, Queen Victoria had the support of a number of able and devoted courtiers. They helped her both to adapt to the alterations and accelerations during...

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Cooking with Confidence

The day before I sit down to write this piece, I am having lunch with my husband’s family. For pudding, Auntie Chris serves up her Christmas pudding. It is undoubtedly hers – always made to the...

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Too Sharp for Her Own Good

Stella Gibbons is hardly a forgotten writer, but she wrote more forgotten works than almost anyone else. Her first book, Cold Comfort Farm (1940: see SF no.10), has a secure and well-deserved place...

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A Farmboy Goes to War

One day, and only because I asked her what life had really been like in the Blitz, my mother told me not about terrifying explosions and damage and injury, but about a cold rainy day in November...

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Beyond the Safe Zone

Of all the hopeless tasks I have ever set myself, perhaps the most quixotic has been my attempt to persuade undergraduate historians to read fiction. In my experience the average student is pretty...

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Finding a Family

Michael Cunningham is best known for his third novel The Hours (1998), later made into an equally successful film. But it’s his second, A Home at the End of the World(1991), which I consistently...

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At Sea with Slocum

Books can be ill served by the company they keep. In my childhood home they were shelved in the only bookcase and consisted entirely of anthologies published as Reader’s Digest Condensed Books plus...

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Against the Current

Wallace Stegner seems on the brink of being forgotten. Half a century ago he was acknowledged as a major figure in American letters; one of his novels won the Pulitzer Prize, and another the National...

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Verse and Worse

If the name Baring-Gould seems vaguely familiar, perhaps you grew up as I did, exposed every Sunday to Hymns Ancient and Modern. The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (1834–1924) wrote many of them,...

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Reading between the Lines

‘The trouble with prison’, a former probation officer once told me, ‘is that nobody wants to be there’: not the prisoners, obviously, nor the staff. If that’s true, it would mean that in...

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