I was on a much-rehearsed trawl of the labyrinthine bookshop when I spotted it. A neat green-cloth country volume of the type churned out in their thousands in the 1940s and ’50s – years of hardship but also ones of optimism and dreams of a better future. I read the faded spine. A House in the Country by Ruth Adam, published by the Country Book Club, 1957. Now this is the kind of thing I like. My bookshelves sag under the collective weight of H. J. Massingham, Adrian Bell, Ronald Blythe and Cecil Torr, but Ruth Adam was new to me. ‘This is a cautionary tale, and true,’ the book begins . . .
Terms & Conditions
General Terms & Conditions
This site and accompanying material is owned by Slightly Foxed Ltd. of 53 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB UK.
If you have any queries about these terms and conditions or if you have any comments or complaints on or about our website, you can contact us at [email protected] or +44 (0) 20 7033 0258 or Slightly Foxed Ltd. 53, Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB, UK.
1. The contract between us
We must receive payment of the whole of the price for the goods that you order before your order can be accepted. Payment of the price for the goods represents an offer on your part to purchase the goods, which will be accepted by us only when the goods are dispatched. Only at this point is a legally binding contract created between us.
2. Acknowledgement of your order
To enable us to process your order, you will need to provide us with your e-mail address. We will notify you by e-mail as soon as possible to confirm receipt of your order and to confirm details. For the avoidance of doubt, this correspondence does not constitute a contract between us.
3. Ownership of rights
All rights, including copyright, in this website are owned by or licensed to Slightly Foxed Ltd. Any use of this website or its contents, including copying or storing it or them in whole or part, other than for your own personal, non-commercial use, is prohibited without our permission. You may not modify, distribute or repost anything on this website for any purpose, without prior permission. To request permission, you can contact us at [email protected] or +44 (0) 20 7033 0258.
4. Accuracy of content
We have taken care in the preparation of the content of this website, in particular to ensure that prices quoted are correct at the time of publishing and that all goods have been described accurately. However, orders will only be processed if there are no material errors in the description of the goods or their prices as advertised on this website. Any weights, dimensions and capacities given about the goods are approximate only.
All orders are subject to acceptance and availability. If the goods you have ordered are not available from stock, we will contact you by e-mail or phone (if you have given us details). You will have the option either to wait until the item is available from stock or to cancel your order.
6. Ordering errors
You are able to correct errors on your order up to the point on which you click on “submit” during the ordering process.
The prices payable for goods that you order are as set out on our website and/or catalogues. All prices are inclusive of VAT at the current rates, unless otherwise stated, and are correct at the time of entering information. Where it is not possible to accept your order to buy goods of the specification and description at the price indicated, we will advise you by email, and offer to sell you the goods of the specification and description at the price stated in the email and will state in the email the period for which the offer or the price remains valid.
8. Payment terms
We will take payment upon receipt of your order from your credit or debit card or PayPal account. We accept no liability if a delivery is delayed because you did not give us the correct payment details. If it is not possible to obtain full payment for the goods from you, then we can refuse to process your order and/or suspend any further deliveries to you. This does not affect any other rights we may have.
9. Delivery charges
Delivery charges vary according to the type of goods ordered.
10.1 Our delivery charges are included in all prices listed in our website, unless otherwise stated.
10.2 You may be required to pay extra for delivery and it might not be possible for us to deliver to some locations.
10.3 We will deliver the goods to the address you specify for delivery in your order. It is important that this address is accurate. Please be precise about where you would like the goods left if you are out when we deliver. We cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage to the goods once they have been delivered in accordance with your delivery instructions (unless this is caused by our negligence). We will aim to deliver the goods by the date quoted for delivery but delivery times are not guaranteed and therefore time is not of the essence. In any event, we will aim to deliver your goods within 30 days from the day after the day we received your order. If delivery is delayed beyond this time, we will contact you and either agree a mutually acceptable alternative date, or offer you a full refund.
10.4 You will become the owner of the goods you have ordered when they have been delivered to you. Once goods have been delivered to you they will be held at your own risk and we will not be liable for their loss or destruction.
11. Risk and ownership
Risk of damage to or loss of the goods passes to you at the time of delivery to you. If you choose to use your own courier then the risk passes to you as soon as the goods are handed to your courier. You will only own the goods once they have been successfully delivered.
12. Cancellation rights
12.1 Under The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 SI 2013/3134 you have the legal right to cancel your order up to 14 calendar days after the day on which you receive your goods (with the exception of any made to order items). You do not need to give us any reason for cancelling your contract nor will you have to pay any penalty.
12.2 Should you wish to cancel your order, you can notify us by any clear statement in writing or by phone.
12.3 You cannot cancel your contract if the goods you have ordered are bespoke (i.e. made to order), newspapers or magazines or if you have taken any audio or video recording or computer software out of the sealed package in which it was delivered to you.
12.4 If you have received the goods before you cancel your contract then you must send the goods back to our contact address at your own cost and risk. If you cancel your contract but we have already processed the goods for delivery, you should not unpack the goods when they are received by you and you must send the goods back to us at our contact address at your own cost and risk as soon as possible.
12.5 Once you have notified us that you are cancelling your contract, and we have either received the goods back or, if earlier, received evidence that you have sent the goods back, we will refund any sum debited by us from your credit or debit card within 14 calendar days.
12.6 We may make a deduction from your refund for any loss in the value of the goods supplied if the loss is the result of unnecessary handling by you (for example using or wearing the goods prior to cancellation)
13. Cancellation by us
13.1 We reserve the right not to process your order if:
13.1.1 We have insufficient stock to deliver the goods you have ordered;
13.1.2 We do not deliver to your area; or
13.1.3 One or more of the goods you ordered was listed at an incorrect price due to a typographical error or an error in the pricing information received by us from our suppliers.
13.2 If we do not process your order for the above reasons, we will notify you by e-mail and will re-credit to your account any sum deducted by us from your credit/debit card as soon as possible, but in any event within 14 days.
14. If there is a problem with the goods
14.1 If you have any questions or complaints about the goods please contact us. You can do so at +44 (0) 20 7033 0258; [email protected]; Slightly Foxed Ltd. 53, Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB.
14.2 We are under a legal duty to supply goods that are in conformity with this contract and in accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the Act).
14.3 If you wish to exercise your legal rights to reject goods which do not conform with the Act you must either return them in person to where you bought them, post them back to us, or (if they are not suitable for posting) or allow us to collect them from you. We will pay the cost of postage or collection.
15.1 Unless agreed otherwise, if you do not receive goods ordered by you within 30 days (subject to postal service delays) of the date on which you ordered them and decide to cancel the order rather than re-arrange delivery (in accordance with clause 11), we will provide you with a full refund.
15.2 We are only responsible for losses that are a natural, foreseeable consequence of our breach of these terms and conditions. We do not accept liability if we are prevented or delayed from complying with our obligations set out in these terms and conditions by anything you (or anyone acting with your express or implied authority) does or fails to do, or is due to events which are beyond our reasonable control.
15.3 Furthermore, we do not accept liability for any losses related to any business of yours including but not limited to: lost data, lost profits, lost revenues or business interruption.
15.4 You must observe and comply with all applicable regulations and legislation, including obtaining all necessary customs, import or other permits to purchase goods from our site. The importation or exportation of certain of our goods to you may be prohibited by certain national laws. We make no representation and accept no liability in respect of the export or import of the goods you purchase.
15.5 Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to limit any rights you might have as a consumer under applicable local law or other statutory rights that may not be excluded nor in any way to exclude or limit our liability to you for any death or personal injury resulting from our negligence. You have certain rights as a consumer including legal rights (e.g. under the Act) relating to faulty and/or misdescribed goods.
Unless otherwise expressly stated in these terms and conditions, all notices from you to us must be in writing and sent to our contact address at Slightly Foxed Ltd. of 53 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB UK and all notices from us to you will be displayed on our website from time to time.
17. Changes to legal notices
We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions from time to time and you should look through them as often as possible.
18. Law, jurisdiction and language
This website, any content contained therein and any contract brought into being as a result of usage of this website are governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Parties to any such contract agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. All contracts are concluded in English.
If any part of these terms and conditions is unenforceable (including any provision in which we exclude our liability to you) the enforceability of any other part of these conditions will not be affected.
21. Third party rights
Nothing in this Agreement is intended to, nor shall it confer any rights on a third party.
1.2. You may access most areas of the Website without registering your details with us. Certain areas and services of the Website are only open to you if you register for an account, or purchase the relevant subscription product.
2. Use of the Website
2.1. Prices appearing on the Website are not offers either from us or any applicable third parties. They are an invitation for you to make an offer.
2.2. Please read the terms and conditions of the relevant product or service before entering into a transaction on the Website.
2.5. No part of the Website may be reproduced or stored in any other website or included in any public or private electronic retrieval system or service without Our prior written permission.
3. Website Access
3.1. While we endeavour to ensure that the Website is normally available 24 hours a day, we shall not be liable if for any reason the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period.
3.2. Access to the Website may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, scheduled maintenance or repair or for reasons beyond our control.
4. Visitor Material and Conduct
4.2. You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from the Website any material:
4.2.1. that is threatening, defamatory, obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, menacing, scandalous, inflammatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence, in breach of privacy or which may cause annoyance or inconvenience; or
4.2.2. for which you have not obtained all necessary licences and/or approvals; or
4.2.3. which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise be contrary to the law of, or
4.2.4. infringe the rights of any third party in, the UK or any other country in the world; or
4.2.5. which is technically harmful (including, without limitation, computer viruses, logic bombs, Trojan horses, worms, harmful components, corrupted data or other malicious software or harmful data)
4.3. You may not misuse the Website (including, without limitation, by hacking or spamming).
4.4. We shall fully co-operate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or locate anyone posting any material in breach of paragraph 4.2 or paragraph 4.3.
5. Links To and From Other Websites
5.1. Links to third party websites on the Website are provided solely for your convenience. If you use these links, you will leave the Website. We do not control and are not responsible for these websites or their content or availability. We therefore do not endorse or make any representations about them, or any material found there, or any results that may be obtained from using them. If you decide to access any of the third party websites linked to the Website, you do so entirely at your own risk and we shall have no liability to you for any failure on the part of the operator of the linked website or any of its suppliers to fulfil any obligation owed to you or for any defective or deficient product or service any of them might supply to you.
5.2. If you would like to link to the Website, you may only do so on the basis that you link to, but do not replicate, the home page of the Website, and subject to the following conditions:
5.2.1. you do not remove, distort or otherwise alter the size or appearance of our logo;
5.2.2. you do not create a frame or any other browser or border environment around the Website;
5.2.3. you do not in any way imply that we are endorsing any products or services other than its own;
5.2.4. you do not misrepresent your relationship with us nor present any other false information about us;
5.2.5. you do not otherwise use any of our trade marks displayed on the Website without our express written permission;
5.2.6. you do not link from a website that is not owned by you; and
5.2.7. your website does not contain content that is distasteful, offensive or controversial, infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or otherwise does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
5.4. You shall fully indemnify us for any loss or damage we suffer for breach of paragraph 5.2.
6.1. Each registration is for a single user only. We do not permit you to share your user name and password with any other person nor with multiple users on a network.
6.2. Responsibility for the security of any passwords issued rests with you. We shall not be liable to any person for any loss or damage which may arise as a result of any failure by you to protect your username and password.
7.1. While we endeavour to ensure that the information on the Website is correct, we do not warrant the accuracy and completeness of the material on the Website. We may make changes to the material on the Website, or to the products and prices described in it, at any time without notice. The material on the Website may be out of date, and we make no commitment to update such material.
8.1. We, any other party (whether or not involved in creating, producing, maintaining or delivering the Website), and any of Our group companies and the officers, directors, employees, shareholders or agents of any of them, exclude all liability and responsibility for any amount or kind of loss or damage that may result to you or ao third party (including without limitation, any direct, indirect, punitive or consequential loss or damages, or any loss of income, profits, goodwill, data, contracts, use of money, or loss or damages arising from or connected in any way to business interruption, and whether in tort (including without limitation negligence), contract or otherwise) in connection with the Website in any way or in connection with the use, inability to use or the results of use of the Website, any websites linked to the Website or the material on such websites, including but not limited to loss or damage due to viruses that may infect your computer equipment, software, data or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing the Website or your downloading of any material from the Website or any websites linked to the Website.
8.3. If your use of material on the Website results in the need for servicing, repair or correction of equipment, software or data, you assume all costs thereof.
9. Data Protection
9.1. For the purposes of data protection legislation within the United Kingdom you hereby consent to our processing of “personal data” (as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998) by submission of your personal information on the Website and we agree that we will treat the personal data as confidential. We adhere to relevant legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998 and the GDPR. Any personal data or information provided by you and which you can be identified through when using this website or our services, will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
10. Governing Law and Jurisdiction