Happy New Year from the Slightly Foxed office, where we’ve returned to a mountain of orders and cheering correspondence which has built up over the Christmas break. Thanks to a few well-deserved days off, we’re now rested and ready to tackle the new year.
Our readers often tell us one of the great joys of Slightly Foxed is to be introduced or, indeed, reintroduced to good books old and new, and in particular to be prompted to pick up a book that has been languishing on their shelves. So, while we catch up with emails and get on with packing your orders, we thought we’d share an article by Gordon Bowker on revisiting James Joyce’s Dubliners from Slightly Foxed Issue No. 17. ‘I read Dubliners when I first acquired my copy,’ he writes, ‘but, as often happens, the detail had faded. Rediscovering it brought home Joyce’s youthful brilliance.’
Please read on for an extract from Gordon’s piece along with a link to read the article in full on the Slightly Foxed website. We do hope it will inspire you to revisit Dubliners, or perhaps another of the ‘books which sit on our bookshelves for years, getting slightly more foxed as time passes.’ And, in case you can’t find your own copy of Dubliners, or you’re in search of further reading inspiration, we’ve listed some other old favourites below.
With best wishes, as ever, from the SF office staff
Jess, Isabel & Rebecca