Slightly Foxed 64
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Issue 64: Accepting an Invitation
Companionable and unstuffy, Slightly Foxed is more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine. Each quarter it offers of lively personal recommendations for books that have stood the test of time and have left their mark on the people who write about them. It’s an eclectic mix, and the contributors are an eclectic bunch too. Some of them are names you’ll have heard of, some not, but all write entertainingly. Every issue has specially commissioned cover artwork, and is illustrated with photpgraphs, line drawingsa and woodcuts within. The winter issue cover is Seren Bell’s ‘Winter Cockerel’.
Among the good things in the winter issue: Maggie Fergusson discusses love and friendship with Rose Tremain • Laurie Graham prepares for a Fanny Cradock-style Christmas • Patrick Welland joins the British Council with Olivia Manning in her Levant Trilogy • Daisy Hay accepts Joyce Grenfell’s invitation • A. F. Harrold revisits Willoughby Chase with Joan Aiken • Henry Jeffreys follows Roald Dahl to East Africa • Posy Fallowfield embraces The Death of the Heart with Elizabeth Bowen and much more . . .
Editors Gail Pirkis and Hazel Wood had been friends and colleagues at John Murray, the oldest family-run publishing house in the UK, for a number of years. They felt strongly committed to independent publishing and to Murray’s where the ghosts of Byron, Caroline Lamb and Mary Shelley frequented the back staircase. When the company was sold to a publishing conglomerate in 2002, they decided to leave and set up their own venture.
After a year of brainstorming around the kitchen table they launched a literary magazine, aimed at book-lovers. It was named Slightly Foxed ‒ the term used to describe the spots often found on the paper of antiquarian books ‒ and subtitled The Real Reader’s Quarterly.
It is a rather unusual book review, introducing its readers to many of the thousands of good books that long ago disappeared from the review pages and often from bookshop shelves. It has a wide range of contributors who all write personally and entertainingly about the books they choose. Slightly Foxed now employs nine staff, publishes a series of pocket-sized reprints of memoirs, has a strong social media presence, a popular podcast and an online bookshop alongside its magazine. It remains proudly independent.