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Episode 3: Stet

Gail, Hazel and Anna discuss the art of editing with author and creative writing teacher Sue Gee, and Helen Bourne delves into the dark side of Beatrix Potter.

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Books Mentioned

Our Slightly Foxed Cubs series of historical novels by Ronald Welch

Issue 60 of Slightly Foxed

Our Slightly Foxed Cubs series of historical novels by Rosemary Sutcliff

– Sue Gee’s novels include Spring Will Be Ours (1988), Reading in Bed (2007) and Trio (2016). The Mysteries of Glass (2004) was longlisted for the Orange prize (now the Women’s Prize for Fiction)

– Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love was edited by Gordon Lish

– Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr Tod is available here

– Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

– Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Jeremy Fisher

– Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Pigling Bland

– Beatrix Potter, The Tailor of Gloucester

– Kate Atkinson’s novels include Transcription, Human Croquet, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Emotionally Weird

– James Hamilton-Paterson, Gerontius

Stet by Diana Athill is out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second hand copies. Please get in touch for details

– Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

– Ronald Blythe’s Word from Wormingford: A Parish Year is out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second hand copies. Please get in touch for details

Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations

– The cover artist for the Summer issue of Slightly Foxed will be Chloe Cheese

Sue Gee’s articles

– Sue’s article on The Tale of Mr Tod, Potter’s Dark Materials, was published in Issue 1 of Slightly Foxed

Other Links

A full list of Slightly Foxed stockists

– Our partners include Gladstone’s Library, the London Library and many more. A full list of our partnerships

– Sue Gee co-founded the creative writing course at Middlesex University with Carl Miller, and now teaches at the Faber Academy

– Stet is an editorial term which means ‘let it stand’

– Ronald was a friend of painter John Nash

Music and sound effects:

– Tawny owl hoot sound effects thanks to freesfx.co.– Eerie forest by Greg Swinford thanks to FreeSound

– Woodland birdsong by Mike Stranks thanks to FreeSound

The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable.

Comments & Reviews

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  1. Gillean Somerville-Arjat says:

    I loved listening to this. Interesting reflections on editing. Remarkable revelations about Beatrix Potter noir. Who had thought of it before? And some recommendations of books to read. Gerontius was quite new to me.

  2. Anne Cater says:

    Have just finished listening to Pod 3. So interesting and informative. Also a beautiful read of Mr Tod. Thank you.

  3. Robin M Healey says:

    What are your criteria for choosing books that feature in your magazine?

    • Slightly Foxed says:

      Thank you very much for your query. Aside from the article about each Slightly Foxed Edition, we don’t choose the titles that are written about, reviewed and recommended in the quarterly – this is the decision of our contributors. We rarely commission pieces on particular subjects; we select pieces from our contributors in which they have chosen a favourite book or author that they wish to write about – one that they have a passion for and that may have affected them personally.

      I hope this answers your question, but please do get in touch if you would like any further information.

      With thanks and best wishes


  4. Colin says:

    I’ve just listened to episode 3 and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the contributors wear their considerable learning very lightly which adds to both the listening pleasure and also the learning process of the listener! I was delighted to hear that Slightly Foxed will be republishing Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman novels. I think I’ve read them all but will make a point of buying what will undoubtedly be wonderful new editions.

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