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Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Back to School Newsletter, September 2023

Tales from School Days | From the Slightly Foxed bookshelves

Greetings from Slightly Foxed where this quarter’s publications are flying off the shelves (we can barely keep up with the demand for our new Slightly Foxed Edition, Richard Cobb’s memoir-cum-psychological thriller A Classical Education) and there’s a familiar back-to-school feeling in the air.

For this week’s missive we turn to Ysenda Maxtone Graham, our resident expert on the subject of school days, author of not one but two Plain Foxed Editions set in the school sphere – Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School and Terms & Conditions – both diligently researched and brimming with detailed anecdotes and hilarious tales. Each of these books provides, as Nicola Shulman writes in her preface to Terms & Conditions, ‘a study of a vanished society, based upon the testimony of elders . . . witnesses to a lost era’.

Please read on for an extract of Nicola’s preface which you can read in full on the Slightly Foxed website, and a selection of nostalgic reading recommendations.

With best wishes, as always, from the SF office staff
Hattie, Jess, Charlotte & India

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