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Slightly Foxed Issue 9
  • ISBN: 9780955198700
  • Pages: 96
  • Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
  • Illustrations: B/W
  • Publication date: March 2006
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Cover artist: Emma McClure, ‘Chickens’
  • ISSN: 1742-5794
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Slightly Foxed Issue 9

‘Tusker’s Last Stand’


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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

Christopher Rush brushes up his Shakespeare • Annabel Walker stays on • Christian Tyler finds himself on the front line • Pegram Harrison visits the folks back home • Paul Routledge makes Eastern approaches • Caroline Chapman goes to the dogs • Peter Broad witnesses a revolution • David Eccles illustrates the Book Stealer’s Curse • John de Falbe puts the story into history, and much more besides . . .

Tusker’s Last Stand • ANNABEL WALKER

Paul Scott, Staying On

Blame It on Matron • CHRISTIAN TYLER

Norman F. Dixon, On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

Southern Crosses • PEGRAM HARRISON

Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood

Reading the Play’s the Thing • CHRISTOPHER RUSH

On reading the plays of William Shakespeare

Classroom Revolution • PETER BROAD

Simon Sebag Montefiore, My Affair with Stalin

The Maclean Effect • PAUL ROUTLEDGE

Fitzroy Maclean, Eastern Approaches

Artist of Earth and Sky • SIMON BRETT

On the wood engravings of Gwen Raverat


Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

Putting the Story into History • JOHN DE FALBE

H. E. Marshall, Our Island Story

Uncle Solly’s World • TARQUIN HALL

Emanuel Litvinoff, Journey Through a Small Planet


Percy FitzPatrick, Jock of the Bushveld

A Fine Burgundy • MARK VALENTINE

Peter Vansittart, The Tournament


Evelyn Waugh, Put Out More Flags

In Search of Shangri-La • JOHN HAMMOND

James Hilton, Lost Horizon

Edit and Be Damned • CHARLES ELLIOTT

On editing

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.

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‘There is a nostalgic – dare one say almost whimsical – quality to Slightly Foxed which is both appealing and quietly stimulating … At times there is also ‘something of the night’ about it but in this case the sort of black night when there is no greater pleasure than pulling the curtains against the cold, driven rain and lighting the fire’ W. M. Millar, North Berwick

Slightly Foxed Issue 9: From the Editors

When we mentioned last year that we were moving to a new office, with spectacular views over St Paul’s, we’re not sure what image this will have conjured up. One of those atmospheric,...

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Tusker’s Last Stand

The immediate framework of the story is the relationship between the Smalleys and Mrs Bhoolaboy, tenants and landlady respectively, as they struggle to achieve very different aims: the Smalleys to...

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Blame It on Matron

Usually, when I discover a second-hand bookshop, I confine my browsing to one or two familiar categories. Military history is not one of them, nor is psychology. So it was by sheer fluke that I...

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Southern Crosses

Like Flannery O’Connor, I was born in Georgia. I used to have a thick Southern accent, until my momma hired a British nanny to wallop it out of me; Momma reckons that’s why I live in London now....

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Reading the Play’s the Thing

I want to ask you a question: how long is it since you actually sat down and read a Shakespeare play, for the sheer pleasure of it, as you would read a novel, for example, or a volume of verse? How...

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Classroom Revolution

For those who have travelled the English boarding-school route, similar prep-school memories are sure to be jogged by reading Simon Sebag Montefiore’s My Affair with Stalin, a wonderfully...

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The Maclean Effect

I defy anyone to read Fitzroy Maclean’s Eastern Approaches and not want to go to mysterious Central Asia. From the moment I read those seductive first paragraphs as a student, I was drawn to the...

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Artist of Earth and Sky

Despite the aspirations Gwen Raverat expressed in her classic childhood memoir Period Piece (‘O happy Mrs Bewick!’ she declares at one point) and all the drawings in the book, many of its...

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Big Windies

Robinson Crusoe is a simple stereotype; he is you and me forced back on to our own resources. He was inspired by the true adventures of the Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, an able but short-fused...

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Putting the Story into History

The year 1905 was not the zenith of the British Empire in territorial terms (surprisingly perhaps, that was 1947, before Indian independence), but imperial confidence was about as high then as it...

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Edit and Be Damned

Editing must be one of the few professions that require no professional training. Even a plumber needs to learn how to plumb before he’s allowed to attack pipes. An editor, on the other hand, just...

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Top Dog

As the years advance I’ve become increasingly aware of the books I read as a child that have exerted an influence on my life. Would I have just returned from my fourth tramp through the African...

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A Fine Burgundy

Vansittart's great achievement is to take us into the completely different way of thinking of the men and women of those times; their superstitions and certainties, their rituals and fetishes and...

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Race of Ghosts

Preoccupied with the ‘Phoney War’, from declaration to the fall of France, or what Waugh described as the ‘Great Bore War’, Put Out More Flags was his sixth novel, and although it was a great...

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In Search of Shangri-La

I first discovered James Hilton’s Lost Horizon as an adolescent, when I came across a hardback copy in a secondhand bookshop marked at one shilling and ninepence (8p in today’s money). It was...

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