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Slightly Foxed Issue 8
  • ISBN: 9780954826871
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: 1 December 2004
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Sue Macartney-Snape, ‘Slightly Foxed’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 8

‘Cooking with a Poet’


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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

John Saumarez Smith remembers the diarists’ diarist • Fiammetta Rocco joins the Mafia • Sue Gee cooks with a poet • Anne Boston dates Philip Marlowe • Andreas Campomar recalls an improvident youth • Malcolm Gluck spends a weekend in Timaru • Derek Parker enjoys some small talk • C. J. Driver reads an unusual school report • The Book Hound goes stocking-filling, and much more besides . . .

Cooking with a Poet • SUE GEE

Paul Roche, Cooking with a Poet

Trouble at Tampling • C. J. DRIVER

J. L. Carr, The Harpole Report

From National Trust . . . • GRANT MCINTYRE

A portrait of James Lees-Milne

. . . to National Treasure • JOHN SAUMAREZ SMITH

On the diaries of James Lees-Milne


Eric Linklater, The Dark of Summer

Nuffin’ Like a Puffin • KATE DUNN

Roger Lancelyn Green, Tales of the Greek Heroes

In the Garden of Death and Plenty • FIAMMETTA ROCCO

Peter Robb, Midnight in Sicily

Down These Mean Streets • ANNE BOSTON

On the novels of Raymond Chandler

A Cab at the Door • HAZEL WOOD

Gwen Raverat, Period Piece

Weekend in Timaru • MALCOLM GLUCK

On the short stories of Owen Marshall

Better ’an Heaven • DEREK PARKER

Cecil Torr, Small Talk at Wreyland

Wrestling with a Fine Woman • ROGER HUDSON

Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time

He Stayed the Course • ANDREAS CAMPOMAR

Simon Raven, Alms for Oblivion

Quite Mesmerizing • CLIVE UNGER-HAMILTON

George du Maurier, Trilby

The Golden Thread • HAZEL WOOD

On the Jane Nissen Books

The Book Hound

Our Book Hound tracks down some ideal books to fill Slightly Foxed Christmas stockings

Up There on a Visit • MIKE PETTY

On the dangers of wining and dining poets

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.

    Cooking with a Poet

    There came to the house a charming letter, a photograph of ‘my paradise of a small garden’ and a parcel of some of the most enchanting volumes I had ever seen. Printed in India (of which more...

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    Up There on a Visit

    It was the custom then, in the late ’70s, and still is for all I know, for editors to saunter forth from their ivory towers and visit bookshops with the reps, experience life at the sharp end of...

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    Trouble at Tampling

    J. L. Carr was a primary school head in Kettering, Northamptonshire, who took early retirement from teaching so he could become a full-time writer, and who supported himself, his wife and his son in...

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    From National Trust . . .

    Not everyone has dinner with Winston Churchill and watches him re-enact the Battle of Jutland with wine glasses and decanters, puffing cigar smoke to represent the guns; or gets into a spitting match...

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    . . . to National Treasure

    When Ancestral Voices was first to be published in 1975, Chatto & Windus knew that it was ‘Heywood Hill’s sort of book’. I asked for the earliest possible proof copy and signed up a large...

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    A Man’s Man

    At first I enjoyed being the only person ever to have read The Dark of Summer. It was like coming across a deserted beach that can only be reached by boat. But then, glancing down Linklater’s...

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    Nuffin' Like a Puffin

    I was a gluttonous reader, possessive and insatiable. On my desk before me sits a little pile of three-and-sixpenny story books, so freighted with emotion that I can hardly bear to open them. The...

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    In the Garden of Death and Plenty

    When Peter Robb first visited Sicily in 1974, he was so taken by the food in Palermo’s Vucciria market that he wrote down this description in his notebook: ‘Purple and black eggplant, light green...

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    Down These Mean Streets

    Chandler himself defined literature as ‘any sort of writing that generates its own heat’, which fairly describes his own best work. No other crime writer could work the same narcotic chemistry in...

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    A Cab at the Door

    For me a home without Period Piece is like a house without a cat – lacking an essential cheering and comfortable element. I have loved Gwen Raverat’s memoir of growing up in Cambridge in the...

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    Weekend in Tiramu

    The author is easy to spot as I walk through Christchurch airport. I recognize Owen Marshall Jones (he drops the surname for his nom de plume) from the photograph on the back of Coming Home in the...

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    Better 'an Heaven

    Some books announce their quality straight away. On p.3 of Small Talk at Wreyland, the author tells of an old lady looking out across her garden on a gorgeous summer afternoon. ‘She turned to me,...

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    Wrestling with a Fine Woman

    Josephine Tey was a writer of detective stories during the classic era from the 1930s to the 1950s, when Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, Edmund Crispin, Michael Innes and Dorothy Sayers were to...

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    He Stayed the Course

    In my mid-twenties, having given up hope of a literary career, or any sensible career for that matter, I did what many desperate men do: I trained to become a lawyer. I mustered up an impressive...

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    Quite Mesmerizing

    While still relatively young, the brilliant cartoonist and illustrator George du Maurier went blind in one eye, probably as the result of a detached retina. This didn’t prevent him from joining the...

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    The Golden Thread

    It was partly her attachment to another of B.B.’s books – Brendon Chase – that gave Jane Nissen the idea of reissuing classic children’s books that had slipped out of print when she retired...

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