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Will
 May 16, 2020
Always thoughtful and really interesting. Really like the calm, relaxed and well structured presentation, missing out on the frenetics and pretension that often pervades literary podcasts. A monthly must-listen.

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The independent-minded book review magazine 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. Come behind the scenes with the staff of Slightly Foxed to learn what makes this unusual literary magazine tick, meet some of its varied friends and contributors, and hear their personal recommendations for favourite and often forgotten books that have helped, haunted, informed or entertained them.

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41: Barbara Pym and Other Excellent Women
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A latter-day Austen, an academic, a romantic, a comic, a caustic chronicler of the commonplace . . . The novelist Barbara Pym became beloved and Booker Prize-nominated in the late twentieth century, yet many rejections, years in the literary wilderness and manuscripts stored in linen cupboards preceded her revival.

Paula Byrne, author of The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym, and Lucy Scholes, critic, Paris Review columnist and editor at McNally Editions, join the Slightly Foxed team to plumb the depths and scale the peaks of Barbara Pym’s writing, life and loves. From Nazi Germany to the African Institute; from London’s bedsit land to parish halls; from unrequited love affairs with unsuitable men to an epistolary friendship with Philip Larkin; and from rejection by Jonathan Cape to overnight success via the TLS, we trace Pym’s life through her novels, visiting the Bodleian and Boots lending libraries along the way. There’s joy in Some Tame Gazelle, loneliness in Quartet in Autumn, and humour and all human experience in between, with excellent women consistently her theme.

We then turn from Pym to other writers under or above the radar, finding darkness in Elizabeth Taylor, tragicomedy in Margaret Kennedy and real and surreal rackety lives in Barbara Comyns. To round out a cast of excellent women, we discover Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca was foretold in Elizabeth von Arnim’s Vera, and we recommend an eccentric trip with Jane Bowles and her Two Serious Ladies, as well as theatrical tales from a raconteur in Eileen Atkins’s memoir.  (Episode duration: 57 minutes; 16 seconds)

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Apr 15, 2022
40: Adrian Bell: Back to the Land
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The farmer-cum-writer Adrian Bell is best-known for his rural trilogy of Suffolk farming life, Corduroy, Silver Ley and The Cherry Tree. To explore Bell’s life and writing the Slightly Foxed editors are joined by Richard Hawking, chairman of the Adrian Bell Society, author of At the Field’s Edge: Adrian Bell and the English Countryside and editor of A Countryman’s Winter Notebook, a selection of Bell’s newspaper columns.

We follow Bell from middle-class London to a farming apprenticeship in Suffolk, where his inability to do the most basic physical tasks taught him a new respect. A farmer, he discovered, held in his head thousands of facts about animals, crops and fodder, while his eye for a pig was ‘as subtle as an artist’s’. As Bell grappled with life on the land, the locals considered him to be a recuperating invalid or an incompetent idiot but in time he grew into a bona fide countryman, one who criticized Thomas Hardy’s portrayal of the ploughman as ‘only a man harrowing clods’ and who managed to set up his own small farm, Silver Ley.

From the pride of the wagon maker, the repeal of the corn act in the 1920s and the heartbreak of farmers going bankrupt to his bohemian mother making butter, his friend John Nash illustrating Men and the Fields and Second World War soldiers packing Corduroy in their kit bags, we learn that Bell is the perfect writer to reconnect people with the land, one whose work still feels relevant today. As his close friend Ronald Blythe noted, Bell was ‘in love with words’, a love that led to his position as the founder of The Times cryptic crossword. 

And in our usual round-up of recommended reading we enter Walter de la Mare’s dreams, explore Shackleton’s Antarctica and visit Catherine Fox’s fictional Lindchester, the setting for her glorious twenty-first-century Trollopian tales. (Episode duration: 42 minutes; 18 seconds) 

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Feb 15, 2022
39: Idle Moments: Literary Loafers through the Ages and Pages
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In the spirit of Plato’s Symposium, the Slightly Foxed team enter into lively dialogue with two distinguished magazine editors, Tom Hodgkinson of the Idler and Harry Mount of the Oldie, and learn lessons from notable loafers in literature. We begin with Doctor Johnson, an icon of indolence who wrote an essay called ‘The Idler’ and liked time to ponder; this lazy lexicographer claimed his dictionary would take three years to write when in fact it would take nine . . .

The wisdom-loving philosophers of Ancient Greece made a case for carving out leisure time, while the anchorite Julian of Norwich favoured a life of seclusion in which ‘all shall be well’. At the age of thirty-eight Michel de Montaigne retired to a grand book-filled chateau to test out ideas in essays, while George Orwell wrote book reviews in hungover misery. Izaak Walton found contemplation in The Compleat Angler and Jerome K. Jerome found humour in Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, while the autodidactic Mitford sisters sought wild freedom.

We enjoy a leisurely spell with loungers in fiction, visiting Lady Bertram and her pug in Mansfield Park, taking to Lady Diana Cooper’s bed in A Handful of Dust, retreating to Aunt Ada Doom’s room in Cold Comfort Farm, settling into the quiet comfort of Mycroft Holmes’s Diogenes Club and meeting Thomas Love Peacock’s Honourable Mr Listless along the way. And, to finish, there are the usual wide-ranging reading recommendations for when you have an idle moment. (Episode duration: 46 minutes; 56 seconds)

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Jan 15, 2022
38: Literary Drinking: Alcohol in the Lives and Work of Writers
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Booze as muse or a sure road to ruin? In this month’s episode, William Palmer – author of In Love with Hell: Drink in the Lives and Work of Eleven Writers – and Henry Jeffreys – author of Empire of Booze and The Cocktail Dictionary – join the Slightly Foxed team to mull over why alcohol is such an enduring feature in literature. 

From the omnipresence of cocktails in John Cheever’s short stories and ritual aperitifs in Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels to Mr Picksniff falling into Mrs Todger’s fireplace in Martin Chuzzlewit and P. G. Wodehouse’s hangover remedies for booze-soaked Bertie Wooster, drinks are social signifiers in fiction. Charles Dickens was fond of sherry cobblers and Jean Rhys knocked back Pernod in Paris, while Malcolm Lowry was a dipsomaniac and Flann O’Brien dreamed up alcoholic ink for the Irish Times, rendering readers drunk from fumes. We ask why gin denotes despair and port is always jovial, and question whether hitting the bottle helps or hinders the creative process in writers.

Following a convivial sherry, we’re whisked away on a wet-your-whistle-stop tour of drinking dens with our friends at London Literary Tours, barrelling from bars propped up by Oscar Wilde to the follies of Dylan Thomas at Soho’s French House via Ian Fleming’s Vesper cocktail at Dukes. And we finish with a final round of reading recommendations, visiting a whisky distillery in Pakistan in Lawrence Osbourne’s The Wet and the Dry, enjoying Happy Hour with Marlowe Granados and stopping for a nightcap at Kingsley Amis’s ghostly local The Green Man.

(Episode duration: 41 minutes; 16 seconds)

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  • The Smoking Bishop, William Palmer on drinking and drunkenness in Dickens, Issue 16 (8:52)
  • On the Randy Again, William Palmer on Dylan Thomas, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, Issue 30 (3:41)
  • Cheers!, Henry Jeffreys on Bernard DeVoto, The Hour & Kingsley Amis, Everyday Drinking, Issue 68 (4:45)
  • A Quare One, Patrick Welland on the novels of Flann O’Brien, Issue 41 (6:40)
  • Voyage in the Dark, Patricia Cleveland-Peck on the novels of Jean Rhys, Issue 4 (10:22)
  • With a Notebook and a Ukelele, Gordon Bowker on the stories of Malcolm Lowry, Issue 37 (19:46)
  • A Visit from God, William Palmer on Kingsley Amis, The Green Man, Issue 20 (35:09)

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The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable
Dec 15, 2021
37: Rewriting the Script: The short life and blazing art of Sylvia Plath with her acclaimed biographer Heather Clark
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Heather Clark, Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Huddersfield and author of the award-winning biography Red Comet, joins the Slightly Foxed team from New York to dispel the myths that have come to surround Sylvia Plath’s life and art.

Tired of the cliché of the hysterical female writer, and of the enduring focus on Plath’s death rather than her trailblazing poetry and fiction, Clark used a wealth of new material – including juvenilia, unpublished letters and manuscripts, and psychiatric records – to explore Plath’s literary landscape. She conjures the spirit of the star English student at Smith College who won a Fulbright scholarship to Cambridge University and who brought her enormous appetite for life to her writing and relationships. We follow her life from the ‘mad passionate abandon’ of her thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, rebellion against genteel verse and her creation of a dark ‘potboiler’ in The Bell Jar to her belief that a full literary life and a family unit can coexist and the outpouring of first-rate poems fuelled by rage in her final days. She introduced female anger and energy into the poetic lexicon with ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Ariel’ and more; poems that were considered shocking at the time, but which are now regarded as masterpieces.

And there are more biographies to be found in our round-up of reading recommendations – of renegade anthropologists and female abstract expressionists – as well as a relationship between a father and his young son told through illustrated letters that leap off the page in Letters to Michael, with wonderful readings by the actor Nigel Anthony. (Episode duration: 48 minutes; 48 seconds)

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Nov 15, 2021
36: Graphic Novels: A Comic Turn with Posy Simmonds & Paul Gravett
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The cartoonist, writer and illustrator Posy Simmonds brilliantly captures the ambitions and pretensions of the literary world, and the journalist and curator Paul Gravett has worked in comics publishing for decades. Together they bring graphic novels and comic books to the foreground with the Slightly Foxed team. We draw moral lessons from the Ally Sloper cartoons of the 1870s, glimpse Frans Masereel’s wordless woodcut stories of the 1920s, view the pictorial politics of Citizen 13660 by Miné Okubo in the 1940s and revisit Art Spiegelman’s 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus before taking a closer look at more contemporary works.

From a tragicomic summer with Joff Winterhart, nuclear explosions with Raymond Briggs, the shadow of James Joyce with Mary and Bryan Talbot and an Iranian childhood with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, the discussion moves through panels, frames, splashes and spreads to Posy Simmonds’s own methods in bringing literature to life, including crosshatching to Vivaldi. Originally serialized in the Guardian, Posy’s Gemma Bovery builds on the bones of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Tamara Drewe draws from Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, while Cassandra Darke takes inspiration from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Though rooted in the classics, the devil is in Posy’s detail, be it real French coffee pots, the joy of characters’ names, such as Kevin Penwallet, and fictional places, such as Tresoddit.

We continue our travels off the beaten track with our usual round-up of reading recommendations, and a trip to Gilbert White’s House and Gardens in Hampshire, where we view the landscapes that sparked his evergreen classic The Natural History of Selborne. (Episode duration: 44 minutes; 39 seconds)

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Oct 15, 2021
35: Decline and Fall: A Literary Guide
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The Dark Ages, Late Antiquity, the late Roman . . . however you define the years spanning the fall of Rome, the period is rich in stories, real or reimagined.

In this episode Dr Andy Merrills, Associate Professor of Ancient History, joins the Slightly Foxed team to cast light on the surviving literature. We begin with Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire before delving into 4th-century accounts by the Latin historian Ammianus Marcellinus, a spiritual autobiography by Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, ecclesiastical chronicles by the Venerable Bede, Gallic tales of Christian miracles and relic-looting with Gregory of Tours and an alternative look at the period with the modern-day master of Late Antiquity, Peter Brown.

From there we venture into fiction with Rosemary Sutcliff’s adventures inspired by archaeological finds and a retelling of the old British folk ballad ‘The Twa Sisters’ in Lucy Holland’s Sistersong, as well as Gore Vidal’s Julian and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant. We swap tales from Icelandic sagas and set sail on a tenth-century Viking long ship with Frans G. Bengtsson before heading beyond Hadrian’s Wall for a glimpse of the Lindisfarne Gospels on Holy Island and a hunt for second-hand gems at Barter Books in a converted Victorian railway station in Northumberland.

And there’s more historical fiction to be found in further reading recommendations too, as we plunge into the seventeenth-century Essex witch trials with poet A. K. Blakemore’s novel The Manningtree Witches and follow the fortunes of a group of friends in wartime Europe in Olivia Manning’s classic Balkan Trilogy. (Episode duration: 42 minutes; 49 seconds )

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Sep 15, 2021
34: Sybille Bedford’s Appetite for Life
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‘I wondered for a time who this brilliant “Mrs Bedford” could be,’ wrote Evelyn Waugh to Nancy Mitford on reading Sybille Bedford’s first novel, A Legacy.

The twentieth-century European writer Sybille Bedford could be many things: traveller, gourmand, oenophile, court reporter, Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist. In this month’s literary podcast the Slightly Foxed team discover the pleasures and landscapes of Bedford’s life, loves and writing with her biographer, Selina Hastings. The daughter of a German Baron, from childhood Bedford travelled endlessly, living in Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and Britain. Claiming to suffer from sloth and love of life, she deified her friend Aldous Huxley, had assets frozen by the Nazi regime, was funded by Martha Gellhorn and was known for her many lovers, all while experiencing the ‘tearing, crushing, defeating agony’ of writing. From a delicious account of a visit to Don Otavio in Mexico and vivid reportage of the Lady Chatterley’s Lover obscenity trial to the autobiographical novel Jigsaw, we see the world through Bedford’s observant eye and voracious appetite.

And we continue our travels with a trip to the Heath Robinson Museum in London, exploring the cartoonist’s imagination through electric egg poachers, Christmas cracker-pulling machines and other curious contraptions, before sharing reading recommendations for Italo Calvino’s short stories that follow the cycle of the seasons, and an enlightening experiment with fiction from Francis Spufford. (Episode duration: 43 minutes; 56 seconds) 

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Aug 15, 2021
33: The Golden Age of Crime Writing
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Diamond Dagger award-winning crime novelist and president of the Detection Club Martin Edwards and Richard Reynolds, crime buyer for Heffers Bookshop and member of the Crime Writers’ Association, lead our investigation in this month’s literary podcast. Together with the Slightly Foxed team, they take a magnifying glass to the Golden Age of crime fiction, tracing its origins to the interwar years when the Detection Club was founded and discussing why the genre continues to thrill.

From relishing The Poisoned Chocolates Case and resurrecting Death of a Bookseller to the mystery of E. C. R. Lorac’s missing manuscript and meeting Baroness Orczy’s Teahouse Detective, the plot twists and turns as we collect British Library Crime Classics and celebrate Crime Queens Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Josephine Tey and others along the way. Whether enjoyed as well-crafted puzzles, social documents or guilty pleasures, detective fiction is laced with nostalgia as well as cyanide. To tie up loose ends, we finish with a visit to Agatha Christie’s holiday home, Greenway, a house fit for Hercule Poirot, and the setting of a Devonshire murder hunt in Dead Man’s Folly.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 44 minutes; 56 seconds)

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Jul 15, 2021
32: Picnic at Hanging Rock & Other Stories
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‘Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction, my readers must decide for themselves.’ It’s a scorching St Valentine’s Day in 1900 when three boarding-school girls and a teacher disappear during a day-trip to Hanging Rock in the arid Australian outback. Fact or fiction? Misadventure or murder? Accident or assassination? Join us on our latest literary podcast adventure as we delve into the mystery, history and hysteria of Joan Lindsay’s classic Australian Gothic novel with Kate Young, author of The Little Library Cookbook. From the slow-seeping horror of Hanging Rock to coming-of-age tales of tuck boxes and midnight feasts, high jinks and humour, Kate guides the Slightly Foxed magazine team through the school-story tradition and asks why it’s such fertile ground for fiction. On the way we visit the Chalet School, Malory Towers and St Trinian’s, and slip into darker territory with Decline and Fall, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

In this month’s literary expedition, we take a peek inside Quentin Blake’s House of Illustration, and to finish there’s the usual wide-ranging round-up of current reading featuring: Anthony Buckeridge’s classic Jennings series of prep-school stories; Emily Danforth’s romp, Plain Bad Heroines, inspired by Shirley Jackson; and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s tale of a young girl from a rural village in Zimbabwe, Nervous Conditions.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 44 minutes; 24 seconds)

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Jun 15, 2021
31: The Magic of Angela Carter
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Imagination, influence and the invention of infernal desire machines . . . Edmund Gordon, biographer of Angela Carter, guides the Slightly Foxed team through her colourful works and explores the wider realms of magical realism. Witty and wilfully idiosyncratic, Carter conjured sex and death from fairy tales in The Bloody Chamber, used her Somerset Maugham Award money to leave her husband and go to Japan to write, and absorbed the Latin American influences of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez. We hear how she enlisted the Marquis de Sade as an ally of feminism, embraced pulp genres and opened doors for David Mitchell, China Miéville, Helen Oyeyemi and more, while always attending to the grammar of the folk story. And, to finish, there are the usual wide-ranging recommendations for reading off the beaten track.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 42 minutes; 50 seconds)

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May 15, 2021
30: Jim Ede’s Way of Life
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In this twentieth-century story of a quest for beauty, the writer Laura Freeman introduces us to Jim Ede, a man who, in creating Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, changed the way we look at art. We follow Jim from the trenches of the First World War to Lady Ottoline Morrell’s literary parties in Bloomsbury and a curating job at the Tate. He collected artworks by his friends Ben Nicholson and David Jones, acquired the estate of the sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and designed a house in Tangiers that became a sanctuary for soldiers. These were stepping stones towards Jim turning derelict slum cottages into a home and gallery, a space for both tea and tours. And, as ever, we share recommendations for reading off the beaten track.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 45 minutes; 18 seconds)

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  • Living Art, Mark Haworth-Booth on A Way of Life: Kettle’s Yard, Jim Ede, Issue 42 (28:00)
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Apr 15, 2021
29: A Poet’s Haven
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The artist Barrie Cooke had fishing in common with Ted Hughes, and mud and art in common with Seamus Heaney. Dr Mark Wormald, a scholar on the life and writings of Ted Hughes, has brought to light an extraordinary haul of poems, letters and drawings documenting a decades-long triangular friendship and a shared love of poetry and nature. He describes the spine-tingling discovery of Barrie’s cardboard box stuffed with correspondence and traces its history, starting with the first supper at Barrie’s Kilkenny home, and then at Jerpoint, also on the River Nore, where the trio forged their friendship, Seamus began Station Island and a poet’s haven flourished. From Ted’s dream of a burning fox man, climbing into Carrowkeel passage tombs and visits from Robert Lowell and Tom Paulin to fishing diaries, pike spoons and a stuffed trout, subsurface treasures are dredged up as our literary sifting takes us off the beaten track.

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Mar 15, 2021
28: An Odyssey through the Classics
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Daisy Dunn, historian and biographer of Catullus and Pliny, sets our scene in ancient Rome and Greece, entertaining the Slightly Foxed team with literature of love and war, satire and myth, and amplifying echoes of the classics through the ages. We begin with Homer’s monsters and memorials of fallen men, then take a tour of the ancient world, from Catullus’ erotic poetry and Lysistrata’s sex strike to the eruption of Vesuvius and Suetonius’ lives of extraordinary emperors. In a more contemporary turn, F. Scott Fitzgerald borrows Gatsby from the Satyricon, and Mary Renault writes historical novels and lovers’ names in wine. And there’s the usual round-up of recommended reading from off the beaten track.

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Feb 15, 2021
27: Dr Wiener’s Library
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Anthony Wells worked at The Wiener Holocaust Library in London for a decade. In this episode he leads the Slightly Foxed editors into the history of the library, which holds one of the most extensive archives on the Holocaust and the Nazi era. We travel to Germany, Amsterdam, New York and Tel Aviv, but it is people rather than places that the library remembers with its annals of personal stories. Dr Alfred Wiener, a German Jew who fought in the First World War, was one of the first to note the rise of the Nazi Party, and he began to assemble an archive of information in order to undermine their activities. From downfall by documentation in the Nuremberg Trial to a tracing service made up of millions of records, we learn how The Wiener Library ensures that those who disappeared are not forgotten.

With thanks to The Wiener Library for the image used for this episode’s cover artwork: Member of staff, Mrs Walter at The Wiener Library in 1952

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  • Comfortable Words, Anthony Wells on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, Issue 36
  • 174517, David Spiller on Primo Levi, If This Is a Man and The Truce, Issue 43
  •  Casting Out Fear, Gary Mead on Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, Issue 50
  • The Hunt for Hitler, Adam Sisman on Hugh Trevor-Roper, The Last Days of Hitler, Issue 61

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Jan 15, 2021
26: A Winter’s Tale
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In this seasonal episode, the Slightly Foxed team are guided through a snowstorm of winter writing over twelve centuries by the literary critic and author of Weatherland, Alexandra Harris. The tour takes us from Anglo-Saxon mead halls and monsters to Renaissance bodily humours, then on through cool, translucent Enlightenment weather into the dark cloud of the nineteenth century and beyond. We visit frost-fair carnivals on the frozen Thames with Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, brave the Brontës’ wild moorland, stay steamed up indoors with Jane Austen, sink into Dickens’s pea-soupers and see in the ‘year’s midnight’ with John Donne as we listen to a winter’s tale through literature.

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Dec 15, 2020
25: A Writer’s Territory
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The Scottish nature writer Jim Crumley takes the Slightly Foxed team on a tour of literary landscapes, from the lochs of the Trossachs and the mountainous Cairngorms to Aldo Leopold’s sand county in Wisconsin and Barry Lopez’s Arctic. Together they trace the chain of writers who have influenced Jim, from Robert Burns and Wordsworth to Thoreau and Walt Whitman, and see nature through the eyes of his hero, the great Scottish naturalist and photographer Seton Gordon. They discuss how folklore has demonized the wolf while Jim believes its reintroduction could hugely benefit the ecology of the Scottish landscape. And finally they venture off the beaten track with this month’s wide-ranging reading recommendations.

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  • Word from the Wood, Galen O’Hanlon on A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold, Issue 54 (18:14)
  • Northern Lights, Penelope Lively on Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez, Issue 4 (18:43)

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Nov 15, 2020
24: The Lives and Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb
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Dr Felicity James, author of Charles Lamb, Coleridge and Wordsworth: Reading Friendship in the 1790s and current custodian of Charles’s writing chair, introduces the Slightly Foxed editors to siblings at the heart of a literary circle. In their Tales from Shakespeare, gentle-hearted drunken-dog Charles wrote the tragedies and Mary, often chided for laughing, the comedies, and together they penned letters using different coloured inks. From a murder in the home and time in private asylums to conversations with Coleridge at the pub, dissertations on roast pig and salons in their London lodgings, we explore the lives of the Lambs and their friendships through books.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 43 minutes; 43 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Jess in the Slightly Foxed office for more information. 
  • An Englishman’s Commonplace Book, Roger Hudson (2:03)
  • Charles Lamb, Coleridge and Wordsworth: Reading Friendship in the 1790s, Felicity James is out of print (2:44)
  • There have been two editions of the Lambs’ letters: The Letters of Charles and Mary Anne Lamb, ed. Edwin W. Marrs, Jr., 3 vols. [which go up to 1817], Cornell University Press, 1975, and The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb, ed. E. V. Lucas, 3 vols., Dent, 1935. Sadly neither is still in print.
  • Tales from Shakespeare, Charles and Mary Lamb (14:33)
  • Mrs Leicester’s School and Poetry for Children, Charles and Mary Lamb are out of print (14:44)
  • Essays of Elia, Charles Lamb is out of print (16:46)
  • A Double Life: A Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb, Sarah Burton is out of print
  • The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel (39:12)
  • Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss (41:00)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles

Other Links

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Oct 15, 2020
23: A Writer in the Kitchen
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The food writer and chef Olivia Potts joins the Slightly Foxed editors for a literary banquet. Olivia was a barrister for five years before enrolling at Le Cordon Bleu, becoming a cookery columnist on The Spectator and writing A Half Baked Idea, a memoir with recipes. From finding consolation in cooking and precision in pâtisserie to nostalgia-soaked blancmange and family dinners in the Cazalet Chronicles, the conversation flows, welcoming Jane Grigson, Elizabeth David, Charles Dickens and the extraordinary Fanny Cradock to the table along the way. And in this month’s taste from the magazine’s archives, Rachel Khoo’s cookbook conjures up feasts in an attic in Paris.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 43 minutes; 21 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. . Please get in touch with Jess in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.
- Frontier Wolf and The Lantern Bearers, Rosemary Sutcliff: Slightly Foxed Cubs (0.50)
- Hons and Rebels, Jessica Mitford: Slightly Foxed Edition No. 52 (0.53)
- An Englishman’s Commonplace Book, Roger Hudson (1.00)
- A Half Baked Idea, Olivia Potts (15:40)
- The Cazelet Chronicles, Elizabeth Jane Howard (22.33)
- Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee: Slightly Foxed Edition No. 53 (23:33)
- Bel-Ami, Guy de Maupassant (24:18)
- Jumping the Queue, Mary Wesley is out of print (25:04)
- The Little Paris Kitchen, Rachel Khoo (28:53)
- The Diary of a Nobody, George & Weedon Grossmith (35:41)
- Good Things to Eat, Lucas Hollweg is out of print (37:53)
- The Pedant in the Kitchen, Julian Barnes (39.17)
- The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (39:35)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
- Haikus among the Pears, Olivia Potts on Jane Grigson’s Fruit Book, Issue 62
- Cooking with a Poet, Sue Gee on Paul Roche, Cooking with a Poet, Issue 8 (1:43)
- The Fanny Factor, Laurie Graham on Fanny Cradock, Coping with Christmas, Issue 64 (1:47)
- Attics with Attitude, Elisabeth Russell Taylor on Rachel Khoo, The Little Paris Kitchen, Issue 36 (28:53)
- At Home with the Pewters, Antony Wood on George & Weedon Grossmith, The Diary of a Nobody, Issue 32 (37:17)

Other Links
- Olivia Potts: www.ahalfbakedidea.co.uk
- Olivia Potts’s The Vintage Chef column in Spectator Life (12.50)
- FEAST catering by Olivia Potts and Kate Young (21:01)

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The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable
Sep 15, 2020
22: Independent Spirit
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Small but discerning, choosing passion over fashion, Little Toller Books shares an independent spirit with Slightly Foxed. Jon Woolcott joins us from this publishing house based in a converted old dairy in Dorset, and charts the rise from cottage industry origins to a wide, prized backlist. With roots in rural writing, Little Toller has branched out to seek unusual voices, resurrecting the life of the wood engraver Clifford Webb, turning landfill into prose, uncovering Edward Thomas’s hidden photographs and finding a bestseller in the diary of a young naturalist along the way. We turn to the magazine’s archives for John Seymour’s advice on cheddaring, sparging and gaffing, and there’s the usual round-up of recommended reading from off the beaten track.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 37 minutes; 45 seconds)

Books Mentioned
- Four Hedges, Claire Leighton. Available from the end of August 2020 (2:44)
- Men and the Fields, Adrian Bell (2:48)
- The Unofficial Countryside, Richard Mabey (4:30)
- In Pursuit of Spring, Edward Thomas (4:56)
- Diary of a Young Naturalist, Dara McAnulty (7:27)
- The Life and Art of Clifford Webb, Simon Brett (12:52)
- Landfill, Tim Dee (17:51)
- Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School, Ysenda Maxtone Graham (19:35)
- Stand by Me, Wendell Berry (30:35)
- Here We Are, Graham Swift (33:13)
- Anton Chekhov’s short stories (35:00)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
- These Fragments, Jon Woolcott on John Harris, No Voice from the Hall in Issue 66 (6:34)
- Cheddaring, Sparging and Gaffing, Rowena Macdonald on John Seymour, The Fat of the Land and Self-Sufficiency in Issue 26 (22:50)

Other Links
- Little Toller Books

Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
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Aug 15, 2020
21: A Bookshelf in Tripoli
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Justin Marozzi, a travel writer, historian and journalist who’s lived in Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Darfur, joins the Slightly Foxed editors on a journey through North Africa and the Middle East. His discovery of a nineteenth-century account of an expedition to Libya in a bookshop in Tripoli led to his crossing of the Sahara by camel, against the advice of Wilfred Thesiger. From dual chronicles of the desert penned by Rosita Forbes and Ahmed Hassanein Bey and tales of books hurled into the Tigris to the picaresque life of Ibn Battutah and travels with a Tangerine, the conversation ranges far and wide, and there are the usual recommendations for reading off the beaten track too.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 40 minutes; 22 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.
- South from Barbary, Justin Marozzi (3:09)
- The Secret of the Sahara, Rosita Forbes is out of print (7:08)
- The Lost Oases, Ahmed Hassanein Bey is out of print (7:46)
- The Travels of Ibn Battutah, ed. Tim Mackintosh-Smith (11:57)
- Travels with a Tangerine, The Hall of a Thousand Columns and Landfalls, Tim Mackintosh-Smith  (12:03)
- Arabs, Tim Mackintosh-Smith (12:26) 
- Tamerlane, Justin Marozzi (14:20)
- Warriors, Gerald Hanley (15:43)
- Islamic Empires, Justin Marozzi (20:11)
- Kim, Rudyard Kipling (25:40)
- The Great Game, Peter Hopkirk (33:37)
- Consolations of the Forest, Sylvain Tessant (36:09)
- The Invention of Nature, Andrea Wulf (37:15)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
- Not Your Average Englishwoman, Justin Marozzi on Rosita Forbes, The Secret of the Sahara in Issue 62 (7:08)
- An Irishman in Somalia, Justin Marozzi on Gerald Hanley, Warriors (15:43)
- Small Player in the Great Game, Amanda Theunissen on Rudyard Kipling, Kim in Issue 57 (25:40)
- Confessions of a TV Tie-in, Tim Mackintosh Smith on Ibn Battutah, The Travels of Ibn Battutah in Issue 18 (11:57)

Other Links
- Justin Marozzi: www.justinmarozzi.com

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Jul 15, 2020
20: An Issue of Enthusiasms
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Slightly Foxed Editors Gail and Hazel take us between the pages of the magazine, bookmarking articles along the way. Crack the spine of the quarterly to discover T. H. White taking flying lessons, smutty book titles, a passion for romantic ruins, John Berger shadowing a remarkable GP, a rebellious Mitford ‘rescued’ by a destroyer, a night to remember on the Titanic and much more besides. From correcting proofs to welcoming writers with a host of experiences, the story of putting together an issue of enthusiasms unfolds. And in this month’s reading from the archives, a hapless apprentice at the Hogarth Press recounts his disastrous stint with the Woolfs.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 36 minutes; 33 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.
- Slightly Foxed Issue 66
- Basil Street Blues, Michael Holroyd: Slightly Foxed Edition No. 29 (6:00)
- England Have My Bones, T. H. White is out of print (6:47)
- Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz (11:04)
- The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb is out of print (13:04)
- No Voice from the Hall, John Harris is out of print (14:33)
- The Family from One End Street, Eve Garnett (15:15)
- A Taste of Paris, Theodora FitzGibbon is out of print (15:33)
- A Fortunate Man, John Berger (19:38)
- Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman novels: Slightly Foxed Cubs (21:15)
- Hons and Rebels, Jessica Mitford: Slightly Foxed Edition No. 52, published 1 September 2020 (21:53)
- A Night to Remember, Walter Lord (23:50)
- A Boy at the Hogarth Press, Richard Kennedy: Plain Foxed Edition (24:55)
- House of Glass, Hadley Freeman (31:47)
- All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (34:00)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
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Underwater Heaven, Margaret Drabble on Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies in Issue 66 (5:45)
- Harvey Learns the Ropes, Andrew Joynes on Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous in Issue 56 (6:24)
- On the Shoulders of Giants, Andrew Joynes on T. H. White, England Have My Bones in Issue 66 (6:30)
- Sarah Crowden on smut: Something for the Weekend in Issue 32 and All in the Mind? in Issue 44 (7:57)
- Unsung Heroes, Alastair Glegg on learning to read at prep school in Issue 60 (9:59)
- Dog’s-eye View, Rebecca Willis on Alexandra Horowitz, Inside of a Dog in Issue 65 (11:04)
- In Praise of Pratchett, Amanda Theunissen on Terry Pratchett, Small Gods in Issue 33 (11:33)
- Streets, Streets, Streets, Felicity James on the letters of Charles and Mary Lamb in Issue 65 (13:06)
- These Fragments, Jon Woolcott on John Harris, No Voice from the Hall in Issue 66 (14:33)
- Keeping up Appearances, Kate Tyte on Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street in Issue 66 (15:15)
- Simply Delicious, Clive Unger-Hamilton on Theodora FitzGibbon, A Taste of Paris in Issue 66 (15:33)
- An Early-Flowering Climber, Ursula Buchan on the plant-hunting and garden writings of Reginald Farrer in Issue 66 (16:01)
- A Well-tempered Gardener, Michael Leapman on the garden writings of Christopher Lloyd in Issue 59 (17:00)
- Putting up Useful Shelves, Sue Gee on Richard Kennedy, A Boy at the Hogarth Press in Issue 20 (24:55)

Other Links
-
Slightly Foxed Editors’ Diary (0:28)
- Sign up to the free Slightly Foxed email newsletter here 
- Little Toller Books (14:18)

Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Reading music: Dark Hallway, written and performed by Kevin MacLeod courtesy of incompetech.filmmusic.io
The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable
Jun 15, 2020
19: Tim Pears’s West Country
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Tim Pears, a writer rooted in the landscape of Devon, takes Slightly Foxed to the West Country. From working at his local library and reading an author a week instead of taking his A Levels to winning the Hawthornden Prize for his first novel, by way of spells as a farm labourer, nursing assistant and night porter, Tim Pears has written eleven novels, watched blacksmiths at work, walked the routes of his characters, balanced research with imagination and chronicled the past as a realist rather than a romantic. We also travel through the magazine’s archives, along the rivers Taw and Torridge, to uncover the man behind Tarka the Otter, and there are the usual recommendations for reading off the beaten track.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 41 minutes; 20 seconds)

Books Mentioned
Please note that while many of these titles by other publishers are available to buy from the Slightly Foxed shop, there may be delays in obtaining them from our distributor. We may also be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna for more information.

Books by Tim Pears
- In the Place of Fallen Leaves (5:18)
- In the Light of Morning is out of print (13:22)
- The West Country Trilogy: The Horseman, The Wanderers and The Redeemed (14:14)

Other Books
- Slightly Foxed Issue 66 (1:23)
- Two Middle-Aged Ladies in Andalusia, Penelope Chetwode (1:29)
- The Past Is Myself, Christabel Bielenberg: Plain Foxed Edition (1:50)
- The Empress of Ireland, Christopher Robbins: Slightly Foxed Edition No. 51 (2:00)
-Tarka the Otter, Henry Williamson (27:15)
- Omer Pasha Latas: Marshal to the Sultan, Ivo Andrić (34:14)
- Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner is out of print (36:14)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
- Tarka the Rotter, Jonathan Law on Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter in Issue 35 (27:15)
- Surprised by Joy, Jonathan Law on The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner in Issue 48 (36:14)

Other Links
- Sign up to the free Slightly Foxed email newsletter here to receive articles from the quarterly, extracts from books, latest releases, event invitations, news from behind the scenes at SF and other bookish content several times a month. View past newsletters
- Tim Pears: A writer and his dog (25:21)

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May 15, 2020
18: The Ordeal of Evelyn Waugh
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The great prose stylist of the 20th century, monster, performer? Biographer and literary journalist Selina Hastings and writer and critic Alexander Waugh reveal the many reputations of Evelyn Waugh with the Slightly Foxed editors. From a pathological fear of boredom, hallucinations provoked by doses of bromide and cheques bouncing at the Ritz to his relationships conducted through letters, his genius for sharp satire and love of gossip, the conversation brings to light the darkness and humour of Waugh’s works. And we visit The Loved One’s Whispering Glades in this month’s reading from the magazine’s archives.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 45 minutes; 21 seconds)

Books Mentioned
Please note that while many titles by other publishers are available to buy from the Slightly Foxed shop, we will not be able to order them from our distributor and send them out to readers until the office reopens. We may be able to find second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna for more information.

Books by Evelyn Waugh
- The Sword of Honour trilogy: Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender (3:14)
- Put out More Flags is out of print (3:53)
- Decline and Fall (11:48)
- Scoop (18:44)
- A Handful of Dust (21:50)
- Brideshead Revisited (22:58)
- The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is out of print (27:09)
- The Loved One (32:35)

Other Books
- The Carey Novels by Ronald Welch, Slightly Foxed Cubs editions (1:46)
- Evelyn Waugh: A Biography, Selina Hastings is out of print (2:40)
- Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family, Alexander Waugh is out of print (2:47)
- A Russian Journal, John Steinbeck with photographs by Robert Capa (40:37)
- The Singapore Grip, J. G. Farrell (41:40)
- Shakespeare’s Unorthodox Biography, Diana Price is out of print (42:27)
- Zoo Station, David Downing is out of print (44:02)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
- The Tortoise of Total War, Anthony Gardner on the Sword of Honour trilogy in Issue 36 (3:14)
- Race of Ghosts, Patrick Denman Flanery on Put out More Flags in Issue 9 (3:53)
- Portrait of the Artist in Middle Age, William Palmer on The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold in Issue 65 (27:09)
- Waugh on the Warpath, Ranjit Bolt on The Loved One in Issue 46 (32:35)

Other Links & Information
- Sign up to the free Slightly Foxed email newsletter here to receive articles from the quarterly, extracts from books, latest releases, event invitations, news from behind the scenes at Foxed HQ and other bookish content several times a month.
- The winner of the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2019: Jonathan Phillips for The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin (1:23)
- Alexander Waugh is the general editor of The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh (43 volumes planned), bringing together all of the extant writings and graphic art: novels, biographies, travel writing, short fiction, essays, articles, reportage, reviews, poems, juvenilia, drawings and designs.

Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
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Apr 15, 2020
17: Margaret Drabble: A Writer’s Life
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Dame Margaret Drabble joins us at the Slightly Foxed table as we celebrate her life in writing. From taking up her pen in the 1960s as a young mother alone in her kitchen to feeling part of a movement with Nell Dunn, Margaret Forster and Edna O’Brien, to editing The Oxford Companion to English Literature without the help of a computer and eschewing the Booker Prize, Margaret Drabble sees writing as both an illness and a trade, finding black humour in ageing and joy in jigsaw puzzles along the way. And we uncover whatever happened to the elusive novelist Elizabeth Jenkins in this month’s reading from the magazine’s archives.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 44 minutes; 23 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.

Margaret Drabble Books Mentioned
Out of print

- A Summer Bird-Cage (5:41)
- Arnold Bennett: A Biography (8:58)
- Angus Wilson: A Biography (9:54)
- The Oxford Companion to English Literature, (ed.) Fifth & Sixth editions (11:13)
- The Radiant Way (15:20)
- A Natural Curiosity (15:20)
In print
- The Millstone (14:10)
- The Needle’s Eye (17:37)
- The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws NB Published 7 May 2020 (21:35)
- The Dark Flood Rises (36:48)

Other Books
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Anglo-Saxon Attitudes, Angus Wilson is out of print (10:28)
- The Tortoise and the Hare and Harriet, Elizabeth Jenkins (28:17)
- The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton (39:08)
- The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Alexievich (40:26)
- To War with Whitaker, Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly: Slightly Foxed Edition No. 50 (41:55)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
-
Whatever Happened to Elizabeth Jenkins?, Nigel Andrew on the novels of Elizabeth Jenkins in Issue 60 (28:17)
- Joyce to the Life, Margaret Drabble on Richard Ellman, James Joyce in Issue 49
- Trollope’s Ireland, Margaret Drabble on the Irish novels of Anthony Trollope in Issue 59

Other Links
-
The winner of The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2019: Jonathan Phillips for The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin (1:00)

Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
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Mar 15, 2020
16: Moving in Royal Circles
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Biographer and academic Jane Ridley and screenwriter and novelist Daisy Goodwin join the Slightly Foxed Editors to reveal the wealth to be found in royal biographies, memoirs and historical novels. From the remarkable diaries of Queen Victoria and the extraordinary life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria to Prince Albert’s cashmere breeches, a cottage meal at Sissinghurst with the Queen Mother, and Edward VII’s many mistresses, the parade of tales about the lives and loves of royal people roams far and wide. And we go on a on a quest for Queen Mary with James Pope-Hennessy in this month’s hunt through the magazine’s archives.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 38 minutes; 16 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.
- Blue Remembered Hills, Rosemary Sutcliff. Plain Foxed Edition published 1 March 2020 (2:15)  
- Browse and buy the shortlisted titles for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2019 (2:50)
- Victoria, Daisy Goodwin (4:10)
- Bertie: A Life of Edward VII, Jane Ridley (4:27)
- The historical novels of Jean Plaidy are out of print (16:39)
- The Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin (17:18)
- Victoria (Penguin Monarchs series), Jane Ridley (22:49)
- Queen Mary, James Pope-Hennessy (22:46)
- The Quest for Queen Mary, James Pope-Hennessy, Ed. Hugo Vickers (31.02)
- The Honjin Murders, Seishi Yokomizo (33:33)
- Lady in Waiting, Anne Glenconner (34:24)
- The Journals of Kenneth Rose: Volume One 1944-1979 & Volume Two 1979-2014, Ed. D. R. Thorpe (36:04)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
- The Purple Moth, Jane Ridley on James Pope-Hennessy, Queen Mary in Issue 41 (25:13)

Other Links
- The Petersfield Bookshop (1:30)
Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Reading music: Nimrod from Enigma Variations by Elgar
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Feb 15, 2020
15: Reading Resolutions
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As we turn the page to a new decade, we’ve made some New Year resolutions. John Mitchinson and Andy Miller of Backlisted Podcast join the Slightly Foxed Editors to bring new life to old books, leading us off the beaten track with wide-ranging reading recommendations. From Frank O’Connor’s letters, Selina Hastings’s lives and Barbara Tuchman’s histories to the poetry of John Berryman, Gayl Jones’s Corregidora and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, they journey through genres to revive literary curiosity. And in this month’s reading from the magazine’s archives, Richard Platt makes a convincing case for The Quincunx by Charles Palliser, falling under its curse of sleepless nights.   

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 38 minutes; 49 seconds) 

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.
- To War with Whitaker, Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly. Slightly Foxed Edition No. 50, published 1 March 2020 (1:21)
- The Year of Reading Dangerously, Andy Miller (3:32)
- A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman (6:05)
- Corregidora, Gayl Jones (9:33)
- Independence Day, Richard Ford (12:28)
- The Happiness of Getting it Down Right: Letters of Frank O’Connor and William Maxwell is out of print (14:12)
- A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz (16:34)
- Selina Hastings has written biographies of Somerset Maugham, Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Rosamond Lehmann (22:43)
- 77 Dream Songs, John Berryman is out of print (25:32)
- Diving into the Wreck, Adrienne Rich (27:45)
- The Quincunx, Charles Palliser (32:08)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
-
A World of Words, Annabel Walker on Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness in Issue 37 (16:34)
- Grave Expectations, Richard Platt on Charles Palliser, The Quincunx in Issue 60 (32:08)

Other Links
- The Slightly Foxed mug (now sold out) displayed the quote: ‘Charles Lamb once told Coleridge he was especially fond of books containing traces of buttered muffins.’ Please do get in touch with suggestions for a quote (up to 20 words) for a forthcoming mug design: office@foxedquarterly.com (2:21)
- Backlisted, the literary podcast giving new life to old books, presented by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller (3:22)

Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Reading music: Songs Without Words - No.12 in F Sharp Minor, Op.30 by Felix Mendelssohn
The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable
Jan 15, 2020
14: The Vital Spark
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What sparks a lifelong love of reading? Francis Spufford, author of The Child that Books Built, and Emily Drabble of the children’s reading charity BookTrust, delve into bookshelves past and present with the Slightly Foxed Editors to understand the alchemy that ignites the spark. From books as seductive objects, the haphazardness of alphabetical organization and disappearing libraries to the joys of cover-to-cover reading and books being doorways to new worlds, the conversation reveals what a passion for reading can bring to our lives. In this month’s dip into the magazine’s archives Ysenda Maxtone Graham gives tried and tested tips for reading aloud, grappling with Tolkien pronunciations along the way, and there’s the usual round-up of recommendations for reading off the beaten track.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 36 minutes; 57 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information. 
- Golden Hill, Francis Spufford (2:23)
- The Child that Books Built, Francis Spufford (2:50)
- The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (3:58)
- The Jinny books by Patricia Leitch are out of print (4:46)
- Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome (5:36)
- High Rise Mystery, Sharna Jackson (16:35)
- Burglar Bill, Janet & Allan Ahlberg (19:50)
- So Much, Trish Cooke, illus. Helen Oxenbury (20:04)
- The Boy in the Black Suit, Jason Reynolds (32:45)
- The Cazalet Chronicles, Elizabeth Jane Howard (33:27)
- The Gate of Air, James Buchan is out of print (34:16)
- Wave Me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War, ed. Anne Boston (35:21)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
- Laura, Louisa and Me, Daisy Hay on her childhood reading and The Child that Books Built in Issue 31 (2:50)
- Three in a Bed, Ysenda Maxtone Graham on reading aloud in Issue 40 (25.18)

Other Links
- BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. They are dedicated to getting children reading, and each year they reach 3.9 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading (3:00)

Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Reading music: The Bluff Trail by Chad Crouch, from Album Field Report Vol 1, made available as Creative Commons thanks to www.freemusicarchive.org
The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable
Dec 15, 2019
13: Nature & Story
2332
In the parochial lies the universal, or does it? Join us on a trip to the British countryside as we plough into the matter of nature, landscape and the rural world in literature to find out more. Together with Juliet Blaxland, author of Wainwright Prize shortlisted The Easternmost House, and Jay Armstrong of Elementum Journal, the Slightly Foxed Editors and host Philippa share tales of living on the edge of eroding cliffs, pioneering bird photographers, ancient arboreal giants, guerrilla rewilding and favourite loam and lovechild comfort reads. In this month’s forage through the magazine’s archives, we go down to the Folly Brook to explore a vanishing world with ‘BB’ and his little grey men and, to finish, there are the usual wide-ranging recommendations for books to take your reading off the beaten track.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 38 minutes; 52 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.  
- The Easternmost House, Juliet Blaxland (4:58)
- Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons (11.13)
- Curlew Moon, Mary Colwell (15:45)
- Food for Free, Richard Mabey (16:14)
- Wilding, Isabella Tree (19:18)
- Addlands, Tom Bullough (21:49)
-  All Among the Barley, Melissa Harrison (22:29)
- The Little Grey Men, BB (31:44)
- Pollard, Laura Beatty is out of print (33:34)
- When the Tree Falls, Jane Clarke (34:40)
- Plot 29, Allan Jenkins (35:09)
- The Outermost House, Henry Beston (36:06)
- The House of Elrig & Ring of Bright Water, Gavin Maxwell (36:39)
- Reynolds Stone: A Memoir, Humphry Stone (37:25)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
- Troublesome Ghosts, Paul Evans on Mary Webb, Precious Bane in Issue 10 (10.52)
- Poste-Freudian Therapy, Michele Hanson on Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm in Issue 10 (11.13)
- Beside the Folly Brook, Helena Drysdale on BB, The Little Grey Men & Down the Bright Stream in Issue 55 (25:40)

Other Links
- The Fox’s Prophecy, a poem by D. W. Nash (36:58)
- The Wainwright Book Prize: Celebrating the best in nature writing

The image for this episode features ‘Vasalisa’s Garden’ by Olivia Lomenech Gill. This artwork appeared on the cover of Slightly Foxed Issue 51
Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable

Nov 15, 2019
12: Slightly Foxed – But Still Desirable
2436
Gail, Hazel and host Philippa enter the world of second-hand bookselling with Chris Saunders of Henry Sotheran’s, the world’s oldest antiquarian bookshop. From folios to quartos, half-binding to cockling, foxing to forgery, they tackle trade terminology and share tales of rarities and curiosities. The conversation ranges far and wide in the typical Slightly Foxed manner – from Parisian romances and the libraries of English country houses to outsized ornithological specimens and books of unusual provenance. In this month’s wander through the magazine’s archives Nigel Anthony recounts the tale of a bookseller’s quest for bibliophilic bliss in a sleepy corner of the Cotswolds, and there’s the usual round-up of recommended reading from off the beaten track.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 40 minutes; 36 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.
Related Slightly Foxed Articles 
  • Turning a Page, Glyn Frewer on second-hand bookselling in Issue 42 (26:34) 
Other Links
Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Reading music from filmmusic.io
‘Touching Moments Five – Circle’ by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 15, 2019
11: Orkney’s Prospero
2399
Gail, Hazel and host Philippa are transported to Orkney as they explore the life and works of the poet and novelist George Mackay Brown OBE. Together with his biographer Maggie Fergusson and Colin Waters of the Scottish Poetry Library, they bring to light a writer who was at once a solitary soul and a raconteur, a lover and a drinker, a member of the Edinburgh literati yet fame-shy. From the oft-recited ‘Hamnavoe’ to the Booker-nominated ‘Beside the Ocean of Time’ Mackay Brown’s work sings of his island roots, interweaving life and social history with myth and legend. In this month’s travels through the magazine’s archives, Christopher Robbins and Rory Murphy tackle the high falutin literary rap of ‘Finnegans Wake’, and there are the usual wide-ranging recommendations for reading off the beaten track too.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 39 minutes; 59 seconds)

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.
Related Slightly Foxed Articles 
Other Links
Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Farewell to Stromness by Peter Maxwell Davies
The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable
Sep 15, 2019
10: From Page to Stage
2322
Just who are literary festivals for and why do we love them so much? Gail, Steph and host Philippa go backstage with Anne Oxborough of the well-established Ways With Words and Michael Pugh of recent start-up the Llangwm Literary Festival to find out more. From the delights of surprise-hit speakers, post-show river swims, vodka-fuelled poetry sessions and the rise of fancy food stalls to the horrors of airborne green rooms, bacon-roll bust-ups and rail replacement buses, the conversation ranges far and wide in the usual Slightly Foxed way. In this month’s audio-adventure through the magazine’s archives the writer and performer A. F. Harrold goes speed-dating with Iris Murdoch at Cheltenham Literature Festival and, to finish, there’s the usual round-up of recommended reading from off the beaten track.

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 38 minutes; 42 seconds)

Books Mentioned
Related Slightly Foxed Articles 
Other Links
Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable
Aug 15, 2019
9: Well-Cultivated Words
2150
Gail, Hazel and host Philippa dig into the subject of garden writing with the journalist and social historian Ursula Buchan and Matt Collins, nature writer and Head Gardener at London’s Garden Museum. The conversation meanders convivially in the usual Slightly Foxed manner, via daredevil plant-hunters, early wild gardening advocates such as Gertrude Jekyll, William Robinson and Vita Sackville-West, and the passing passions and fashions of garden design, with a peek over the hedge at Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter along the way. And there’s the usual round-up of the latest bookish harvest from the Slightly Foxed office and plenty of recommendations for reading off the beaten track too.

The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 35 minutes; 50 seconds)

Books Mentioned

We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.

Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations

  • An article on Beth Chatto, The Dry Garden will be published in a forthcoming issue of Slightly Foxed (18:11)
  • A Well-tempered Gardener, Michael Leapman on the garden writings of Christopher Lloyd, Issue 59 (22:49)
Other Links

  • Ursula Buchan is an award-winning journalist, social historian and garden writer (3:50)
  • Matt Collins is a nature writer, and Head Gardener at the Garden Museum in Lambeth, London (6:02)
  • David Douglas (25 June 1799–12 July 1834) was a Scottish botanist, best known as the namesake of the Douglas-fir (10:08)
  • Hortus, a gardening journal (20:08)
  • All back issues of Slightly Foxed are available to browse and buy here (30:20)
Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Sound effects:
An English Country Garden in July by Keith Selmes
Bees and bumblebees foraging by odilonmarcenaro
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Jul 15, 2019
8: Leaving that Place called Home
2341
Hazel, Jennie and host Philippa explore the art of travel writing with the acclaimed author and biographer Sara Wheeler, and Barnaby Rogerson of the well-loved independent publisher Eland Books. Buckle-up and join us on an audio adventure that takes in a coach trip around England, an Antarctic sojourn, a hairy incident involving a Victorian lady and her trusty tweed skirt and a journey across Russia in the footprints of its literary greats, with nods to Bruce Chatwin, Isabella Bird, Norman Lewis, Martha Gellhorn and Patrick Leigh Fermor along the way. And to bring us back down to earth, there’s the usual round-up of news from back home in Hoxton Square and plenty of recommendations for reading off the beaten track.

The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 39 minutes; 01 seconds)

Books Mentioned

Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations

  • Mood Music, Rebecca Willis on Rebecca West’s ‘Saga of the Century’, Issue 62 (2:22)
  • Ire and Irritability, Pauline Melville on Sense and Sensibility, Issue 62 (2:56)
  •  Travelling Fearlessly, Maggie Fergusson interviews Colin Thubron in Issue 58 (20:26)
  • A Great Adventure, Andy Merrills on Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, Issue 38 (25:24)
  • In Search of Home, Sue Gee on Lost in Translation in Issue 55 (34:31)
Other Links
 
Music and sound effects
Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Reading music: Lost Memories courtesy of FreeSfx.co.uk

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


Jun 15, 2019
7: A Window on the World
2310
Gail, Steph and Anna go behind the scenes with booksellers Brett Wolstencroft of Daunt Books and Kathleen Smith of Topping & Co. Bath to talk about the reality and romance of life running two of the country’s finest bookshops. Andrew Hawkins recounts the tale of a London publisher who tried his hand at repping and ended up in a spot of bother with a drunken poet in Fife, and there’s the usual round-up of recommended reading and news from Hoxton Square.  The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 38 minutes; 30 seconds) **Books Mentioned** * [Slightly Foxed Issue 62](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-62-published-1-june-2019/), will be published on 1 June. Available to order now (5:34) * Shaun Bythell, [The Diary of a Bookseller](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/shaun-bythell-diary-of-a-bookseller/) (30:12) * Jen Campbell, [Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/weird-things-customers-say-in-bookshops/) (30:16) * A Plain Foxed Edition of [84, Charing Cross Road](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/84-charing-cross-road-plain-foxed-edition/) will be published in September 2019\. Available to order now (30:22) * Miriam Toews, [All My Puny Sorrows](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/miriam-toews-all-my-puny-sorrows/) (30:40) * Patrick O’Brian, [Master & Commander](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/patrick-obrian-master-and-commander/) and [The Far Side of the World](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/patrick-obrian-far-side-of-the-world/) (31:46) * Andrew Miller, [Now We Shall Be Entirely Free](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/andrew-miller-now-we-shall-be-entirely-free/) (32:36) * Angela Carter, [The Magic Toyshop](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/angela-carter-magic-toyshop/) and [The Bloody Chamber](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/angela-carter-bloody-chamber/) (33.02) **Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations** * Mike Petty’s article entitled [‘Up There on a Visit’](https://foxedquarterly.com/mike-petty-up-there-on-a-visit-literary-review/) was published in [Slightly Foxed Issue 8](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-8/) (23:14) * [Maggie Fergusson’s article](https://foxedquarterly.com/literary-love-affair-article-maggie-fergusson/) on Helene Hanff, 84, Charing Cross Road was originally published in Slightly Foxed [Issue 24](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-24/), then republished in [Issue 48](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/issue-48-winter-2015/). It appears as the preface to the Plain Foxed Edition of 84, Charing Cross Road (30:22) * Grant McIntyre’s three articles on Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels – [‘Friendship of Opposites’](https://foxedquarterly.com/grant-mcintyre-patrick-obrien-friendship-of-opposites/), [‘The House that Jack Built’](https://foxedquarterly.com/grant-mcintyre-patrick-obrien-house-that-jack-built/) and [‘O’Brian’s World’](https://foxedquarterly.com/grant-mcintyre-aubrey-maturin-novels-obriens-world/) – were published sequentially in Slightly Foxed Issues 40, 42 and 44 (30:46) **Other Links** * A full list of Slightly Foxed stockists can be found on our website: [Stockists](https://foxedquarterly.com/category/stockists/) (1:09) * [The Idler Festival](https://www.idler.co.uk/product/the-idler-festival-2019-at-fenton-house-weekend-ticket/), Hampstead, London, 12-14 July 2019 (3:28) * [The Llangwm Literary Fesitval](http://www.llangwmlitfest.co.uk/), Pembrokeshire, Wales, 9-11 August 2019 (3:34) * [Ways with Words Festival](https://www.wayswithwords.co.uk/), Dartington, Devon, 5-15 July 2019 (3:52) * [The Slightly Foxed 2019 Readers’ Day](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/readers-day-2019) will be held on Saturday 2 November at The Art Workers’ Guild in Bloomsbury, London. Tickets now available to Slightly Foxed magazine subscribers only. From £60 for a day ticket (4:10) * [Daunt Books](https://www.dauntb...
May 15, 2019
6: Well-Written Lives
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Gail, Hazel, Jennie and host Philippa are joined at the table by eminent biographer Adam Sisman to discuss the delicate business of delving into the lives of others – warts and all or, sometimes, all warts no all. The actor Nigel Anthony lends his voice to Edward Lear’s surreal verbal contortions, unearthing the deep sorrow that hid beneath the nonsense. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 38 minutes; 6 seconds) **Books Mentioned** * Eric Newby, [Love and War in the Apennines](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/eric-newby-love-and-war/) will be published as a Slightly Foxed Edition in clothbound hardback on 1 June. Now available to pre-order (1:50)  * Adam Sisman, Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography, is out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second-hand copies. Please [get in touch](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details (8:30) * Hugh Trevor-Roper, [The Last Days of Hitler](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/hugh-trevor-roper-last-days-of-hitler/) (8:42) * Adam Sisman, [John le Carré: The Biography](https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/john-le-carre-9781408849460/) is available from Bloomsbury (9:32) * Adam Sisman, The Professor and the Parson is published on 9 May, and will be available to order in the Summer 2019 Readers’ Catalogue and on the Slightly Foxed website (12:32) * Adam Sisman, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task, is out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second-hand copies. Please [get in touch](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details (14:16)  * Richard Hillary, [The Last Enemy](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/the-last-enemy-richard-hillary-slightly-foxed-edition/). This Slightly Foxed Edition is also available in a bundle with Sebastian Faulks, [The Fatal Englishman](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/fatal-englishman-last-enemy/) (17:11) * Vivien Noakes, Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer, is out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second-hand copies. Please get in touch for details (19:24) * Kingsley Amis, [The Green Man](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/kingsley-amis-the-green-man/), on which an article by William Palmer appears in [Slightly Foxed Issue 20](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-20/) (27:58) * [My Grandfather & Father, Dear Father](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/my-grandfather-father-dear-father/), by Denis Constanduros are available in a single edition or in a [special Last Call Bundle](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/last-call-bundle/) together with the last copies of our earliest available limited-edition, The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley (28.25) * Bart van Es, [The Cut Out Girl](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/bart-van-es-cut-out-girl/) (29:30)  * Tim Pears, The West Country Trilogy: [The Horseman](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/tim-pears-horseman/), [The Wanderers](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/tim-pears-wanderers/) and [The Redeemed](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/tim-pears-redeemed/) (31:00) **Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations** * [Adam Sisman’s article](https://foxedquarterly.com/hugh-trevor-roper-adam-sisman-literary-review/) on Hugh Trevor-Roper’s The Last Days of Hitler is published in [Slightly Foxed Issue 61](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-61-1-march-2019/) (8:44) * [William Palmer’s article](https://foxedquarterly.com/edward-lear-william-palmer-literary-review/) on Vivien Noakes, Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer was published in [Slightly Foxed Issue 56](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-56-great-present-for-someone-who-likes-books/) (19:24) * [Read an extract](https://foxedquarterly.com/denis-constanduros-memoir-my-grandfather-extract/) from Chapter VIII of My Grandfather & Father, Dear Father by Denis Constanduros (28:41) **Other Links** * Bart van Es won the [2018 Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize](https://foxedquarterly.com/...
Apr 15, 2019
5: Revival
2011
Gail, Hazel, Anna and Donna Coonan of Virago Modern Classics gather round the table to talk about giving new life to forgotten voices, and Helen Bourne heads for the Pyramids with a young Priscilla Napier. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 33 minutes; 31 seconds) **Books Mentioned** • [Slightly Foxed Issue 61](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-61-1-march-2019/) (2:02) • Priscilla Napier, [A Late Beginner](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/a-late-beginner/) (4:41) • L. M. Montgomery, [Anne of Green Gables](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/l-m-montgomery-anne-of-green-gables/) (12:00) • [Noel Streatfeild’s Christmas Stories](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/noel-streatfeild-christmas-stories/) (12:47) • The Slightly Foxed Edition Gail refers to is [Sword of Bone](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/sword-of-bone/), Anthony Rhodes’s memoir of his experiences of WWII and being evacuated from Dunkirk (15:28) • Marjorie Hillis, [Live Alone and Like It](https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781844081257), is available through Little, Brown Book Group (16:00)(16:00) • Winifred Watson, [Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day](http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/miss-pettigrew-lives-for-a-day.html), is available from Persephone Books (18:40) • Eric Newby, [Love and War in the Apennines](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/eric-newby-love-and-war/) (23:26) • Mary Hocking’s trilogy of titles, Good Daughters, Indifferent Heroes and Welcome Strangers, are out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second-hand copies. Please [get in touch](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details (29:03) • Graham Swift, [Mothering Sunday](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/graham-swift-mothering-sunday/) (29:37) • Sigrid Nunez, [The Friend](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/sigrid-nunez-the-friend/) (30:06) • Amor Towles, [A Gentleman in Moscow](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/amor-towles-a-gentleman-in-moscow/) (30:48) **Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations** • [Rowena Macdonald’s article](https://foxedquarterly.com/philip-hensher-rowena-macdonald-literary-review/) on Philip Hensher’s Kitchen Venom was published in Slightly Foxed Issue 61 (2:18) • [Extract from Priscilla Napier’s memoir, A Late Beginner](https://foxedquarterly.com/priscilla-napier-late-beginner-extract/), read by Helen Bourne (23:54) • [Penelope Lively’s preface to A Late Beginner](https://foxedquarterly.com/penelope-lively-preface-late-beginner-priscilla-napier/) was also published as an article in [Slightly Foxed Issue 21](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-21/) **Other Links** • The second-hand bookshop in Canada is called Reasons to Live Books & Records. A full list of Slightly Foxed stockists can be found on our website: [Stockists](https://foxedquarterly.com/category/stockists/) (0:40) • [The Slightly Foxed Subscribers’ Competition 2019](https://foxedquarterly.com/slightly-foxed-writing-competition-2019/) (3:20) • The Slightly Foxed [Spring 2019 Readers’ Catalogue](https://foxedquarterly.com/products/readers-catalogue/) is available to view and download (3:46) • [The Faber Stories series](https://www.faber.co.uk/blog/faber-90th-anniversary/) was launched as part of Faber’s 90th anniversary publishing programme (3:52) • [Virago Modern Classics](https://www.virago.co.uk/books/virago-modern-classics/) (6:31) • [Virago Children’s Classics](https://www.virago.co.uk/virago-modern-classics-books-children/) (11:35) • [Persephone Books](https://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/) (18:27) • For subscriptions to Slightly Foxed magazine, and all our available publications, visit [www.foxedquarterly.com](https://foxedquarterly.com/) (33:05) **Music & Sound Effects** Reading: introductory music Elgar’s Salut D’Amour by James Langevin. Incidental music and sound effects courtesy of [www.freeso...
Mar 15, 2019
4: Viewing Is Essential
1913
Gail, Hazel and Jennie talk to the artist and illustrator (and master of pastiche) David Eccles about the craft of marrying image and text. The actress Petra Markham takes to the airwaves with Posy Simmonds, and the printmaker Angie Lewin recalls her experience of being commissioned for a Slightly Foxed cover. **Books Mentioned** * Hugh Trevor-Roper, [The Last Days of Hitler](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/hugh-trevor-roper-last-days-of-hitler/) * Richard Kennedy, [A Boy at the Hogarth Press & A Parcel of Time](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/hogarth-press-richard-kennedy-plain-foxed/)  * Gwen Raverat, [Period Piece](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/period-piece-plain-foxed-edition-published-1-sept/) * E. H. Shepard, [Drawn from Memory and Drawn from Life](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/drawn-from-memory-no-44-drawn-from-life-no-45/) * A. A. Milne, [Winnie-the-Pooh](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/a-a-milne-winnie-the-pooh/) * Christopher Matthew, [Now We are Sixty](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/christopher-matthew-david-eccles-now-we-are-sixty/), with decorations by David Eccles  * The Slightly Foxed Cubs edition of The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff will be published in September 2019 * Posy Simmond’s latest book, [Cassandra Darke](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/posy-simmonds-cassandra-darke/) * Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico is also known as [Mrs Harris Goes to Paris](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/paul-gallico-mrs-harris-goes-to-paris/), and is available in a single volume together with [Mrs Harris Goes to New York](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/paul-gallico-mrs-harris-goes-to-paris/).  * Elizabeth Jenkins, [The Tortoise and the Hare](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/elizabeth-jenkins-tortoise-and-the-hare/) * Mathias Enard, [Compass](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/mathias-enard-compass-fitzcarraldo-editions/) * Kathleen Hale’s autobiography, A Slender Reputation, is out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second-hand copies. Please [get in touch](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details **Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations** * A wood engraving by [Hilary Paynter](http://hilarypaynter.com/) illustrates Adam Sisman’s article on The Last Days of Hitler in Slightly Foxed Issue 61 * [Slightly Foxed Issue 60](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-60-published-1-december-2018/) features the illustration ‘Office Life’ by Posy Simmonds * Christopher Robbins’s article on [Finnegans Wake](https://foxedquarterly.com/james-joyce-finnegans-wake-literary-review/) was published in [Slightly Foxed Issue 22](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-22/) * Angie Lewin is a printmaker and was the cover artist for [Slightly Foxed Issue 27](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-27/) * James Nunn provided a pastiche of Eric Ravilious for the cover of [Slightly Foxed Issue 17](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-17/) * Maggie Fergusson’s article on [Flowers for Mrs Harris](https://foxedquarterly.com/paul-gallico-flowers-for-mrs-harris-literary-review/) was published in [Slightly Foxed Issue 20](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-20/) * Nigel Andrew’s article on The Tortoise and the Hare was published in [Slightly Foxed Issue 60](https://foxedquarterly.com/elizabeth-jenkins-virago-hare-and-tortoise/) **Other Links** * The shortlist for the [2018 Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize](https://foxedquarterly.com/slightly-foxed-best-first-biography-prize-shortlist-2018/).The award party will be held at [Maggs Bros](https://www.maggs.com/) * A full list of Slightly Foxed stockists can be found on our website: [Stockists](https://foxedquarterly.com/category/stockists/) * For subscriptions to Slightly Foxed magazine, visit [www.foxedquarterly.com](https://foxedquarterly.com/) **Thanks to** Angie Le...
Feb 15, 2019
3: Stet
1988
In 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. [www.foxedquarterly.com/pod](www.foxedquarterly.com/pod) Books Mentioned * Our series of historical novels by Ronald Welch can be found [here](https://foxedquarterly.com/products/the-carey-novels-by-ronald-welch/) * Issue 60 of Slightly Foxed * Our series of Rosemary Sutcliff’s books will be published in September, starting with The Eagle of the Ninth * 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](https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/)) * Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love was edited by Gordon Lish and is available [here](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/raymond-carver-short-story-collection/) * Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr Tod is available [here](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/beatrix-potter-tale-of-mr-tod/) * Beatrix Potter, [The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/beatrix-potter-tale-of-squirrel-nutkin/) * Beatrix Potter, [The Tale of Jeremy Fisher](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/beatrix-potter-tale-of-mr-jeremy-fisher/) * Beatrix Potter, [The Tale of Pigling Bland](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/beatrix-potter-tale-of-pigling-bland/) * Beatrix Potter, [The Tailor of Gloucester](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/beatrix-potter-tailor-of-gloucester/) * Kate Atkinson’s novels include [Transcription](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/kate-atkinson-transcription/), [Human Croquet](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/kate-atkinson-human-croquet/), [Behind the Scenes at the Museum](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/kate-atkinson-behind-the-scenes-at-the-museum/), [Emotionally Weird](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/kate-atkinson-emotionally-weird/) * James Hamilton-Paterson, [Gerontius](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/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](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details * Jean Rhys, [Wide Sargasso Sea](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/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](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations * The cover artist for the Summer issue of Slightly Foxed will be [Chloe Cheese](https://www.stjudesprints.co.uk/collections/chloe-cheese) * Sue Gee’s articles have appeared in Issues [1](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/quarterly-issue-1/), [5](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-5/), [8](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-8/), [14](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-14/), [17](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-17/), [18](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-18/), [20](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-20/), [24](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-24/), [28](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-28-diana-athil-sebald/), [32](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-32/), [36](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-literary-review-magazine-back-issues-no-36/), [40](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-40/), [42](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-42/), [49](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/issue-49-march-2016/), [50](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/issue-50-summer-2016/), [51](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-51/), [55](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-literary-magazine-issue-55/), [56](https://foxedquarterly...
Jan 15, 2019
2: The Oldest Paper in the World
1987
In Episode 2: The Oldest Paper in the World Gail, Hazel and Jennie talk to Frances Wood, librarian, sinologue and former head of the Chinese Collection at the British Library; Andrew Hawkins recounts the story of the oldest paper in the world; and we find out which books our readers are hoping for this Christmas. [www.foxedquarterly.com/pod](https://foxedquarterly.com/pod) Books Mentioned * Ernest H. Shepard illustrated [Winnie-the-Pooh](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/a-a-milne-winnie-the-pooh/) and Wind in the Willows. His memoirs are [Drawn from Memory and Drawn from Life](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/drawn-from-memory-no-44-drawn-from-life-no-45/) * [A Country Doctor’s Commonplace Book](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/a-country-doctors-commonplace-book/) * [Issue 60 of Slightly Foxed](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-60-published-1-december-2018/) * David Seabrook, [All the Devils Are Here](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/david-seabrook-all-the-devils-are-here/) * Jonathan Coe, [Middle England](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/jonathan-coe-middle-england/) * Peter Frankopan, [The Silk Roads: A New History of the World](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/peter-frankopan-silk-roads/) * Max Hastings, [Vietnam](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/max-hastings-vietnam/) * Philip Kerr, [Greeks Bearing Gifts](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/philip-kerr-greeks-bearing-gifts/) * Germain Greer’s White Beech is out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second hand copies. Please [get in touch](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details * Michael Palin, [Erebus: The Story of a Ship](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/michael-palin-erebus-story-of-a-ship/) * Sebastian Fauks, [Paris Echo](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/sebastian-faulks-paris-echo/) * BB’s books are [Brendon Chase](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/bb-brendon-chase-classic-childrens-books/), [The Little Grey Men and Down the Bright Stream](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/bb-little-grey-men-down-the-bright-stream-classic-childrens-books/) * Andrew Roberts, [Churchill: Walking with Destiny](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/andrew-roberts-churchill-walking-with-destiny/) * Hilary Spurling, [Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/hilary-spurling-anthony-powell/) * Carys Davies, [West](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/carys-davies-west/) * Sally Rooney, [Normal People](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/sally-rooney-normal-people/) * Rachel Kushner, [The Mars Room](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/rachel-kushner-mars-room/) * Katie Stewart’s Times Cookery Book is out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second hand copies. Please [get in touch](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details * Julian Barnes, [The Pedant in the Kitchen](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/julian-barnes-pedant-in-the-kitchen/) * Nigel Slater, [The Christmas Chronicles](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/nigel-slater-christmas-chronicles/) * Qiu Xiaolong’s Detective Chen series begins with [Death of a Red Heroine](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/qiu-xiaolong-death-of-a-red-heroine/) * Frances Wood, [Hand-grenade Practice in Peking](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/hand-grenade-practice-in-peking/) Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations * [Luna North](https://www.lunanorth.co.uk/) produced the cover for [Issue 59](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-59-published-1-september/) of Slightly Foxed, Autumn 2018 * Frances Wood’s article, [The Oldest Paper in the World](https://foxedquarterly.com/british-library-the-oldest-paper-in-the-world/), appeared in [Issue 27](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-27/) of Slightly Foxed, Autumn 2014 Other Links * The [Slightly Foxed Readers’ Day 2018](https://foxedquarterly.com/slightly-foxed-readers-day-2018-art-workers-guild/) took place...
Dec 15, 2018
1: Kindred Spirits
1839
In the first episode of The Slightly Foxed Podcast, SF founders Gail Pirkis, Hazel Wood and Steph Allen meet author Jim Ring round the kitchen table at No. 53 to remember how it all began, and Veronika Hyks gives voice to Liz Robinson’s article on Anne Fadiman’s well-loved Ex Libris. [www.foxedquarterly.com/pod](https://foxedquarterly.com/podcast-episode-1-kindred-spirits/) Books Mentioned * [Erskine Childers by Jim Ring](https://www.faber.co.uk/9780571276837-erskine-childers.html) is available directly from publishers Faber & Faber * Second-hand copies of Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader are available. Please [get in touch](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details * Jean Rhys, [Wide Sargasso Sea](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/jean-rhys-wide-sargasso-sea/) * Jane Smiley, [A Thousand Acres](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/jane-smiley-thousand-acres/) * James Lees Milne’s memoirs are out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second hand copies. Please [get in touch](https://foxedquarterly.com/help/) for details Related Slightly Foxed Articles & Illustrations * Veronika Hyks reads Liz Robinson’s article Kindred Spirits, which can be read in full [here](https://foxedquarterly.com/kindred-spirits-article-liz-robinson/) * The article on The British Seagull, The Best Outboard Motor for the World was written by Ben Hopkinson and appeared in [Issue 26](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-26/) of Slightly Foxed * The article on Modesty Blaise was written by Amanda Theunissen and appeared in [Issue 11](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-the-real-readers-quarterly-issue-11/) of Slightly Foxed * The article on [Georgette Heyer](https://foxedquarterly.com/georgette-heyer-julia-keay-literary-review/) was written by Julia Keay and appeared in [Issue 16](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-16/) of Slightly Foxed * The articles on Proust were written by Anthony Wells and appeared in Issues [56](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-56-great-present-for-someone-who-likes-books/), [57](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-57-books-literary-magazine/) and [58](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-58-published-1-june-2018/) of Slightly Foxed * The article on M. R. James was written by Tim Mackintosh-Smith and appeared in [Issue 4](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-4/) of Slightly Foxed * Jim Ring’s articles have appeared in Issues [14](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-14/), [18](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-18/), [27](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-27/) and [43](https://foxedquarterly.com/shop/slightly-foxed-issue-43/) of Slightly Foxed. His article on Swallows and Amazons [can be read here](https://foxedquarterly.com/jim-ring-arthur-ransome-swallows-amazons/), and on Erskine Childers [here](https://foxedquarterly.com/jim-ring-erskine-childers-riddle-sands/) Other Links * Granta’s [Share a Pint](https://www.thebookseller.com/news/granta-unveils-bookshops-share-pint-campaign-882316) campaign with the NHS, promoting Rose George’s book [Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood](https://granta.com/nine-pints/) * [The Leaping Hare at Wyken Vinyards](http://wykenvineyards.co.uk/country-store/) * [Anthea Bell obituary](https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anthea-bell-obituary-zg3zq6vcz) Music & Sound effects: * Reading music ‘Trio for Piano, Violin and Viola’ by Kevin MacLeod [www.incompetech.com](https://incompetech.com/) with thanks to [freesfx.co.uk](https://freesfx.co.uk/) * Reading sound effects ‘Pendulum Slow Ticking’ by Klankbeeld with thanks to [freesound.org](https://freesound.org/) The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by [Podcastable](https://www.podcastable.co.uk/). []...
Nov 15, 2018
Reading off the Beaten track (Trailer)
147
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. Come behind the scenes with the staff of Slightly Foxed to learn what makes this unusual literary magazine tick, meet some of its varied friends and contributors, and hear their personal recommendations for favourite and often forgotten books that have helped, haunted, informed or entertained them. Coming up in Episode 1, 'Kindred Spirits' (Released 15 November) Gail, Hazel, Steph and SF director Jim Ring meet round the kitchen table at No. 53 to remember how it all began and Veronika Hyks gives voice to Liz Robinson’s article on Anne Fadiman’s well-loved Ex Libris.
Nov 07, 2018