News from Slightly Foxed: The new quarter’s harvest
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The new quarter’s harvest

Meteorologically speaking, summer is still in full swing. But here at SF the new quarter waits not for the weather, so in a few days’ time we’ll be launched in to autumn with its bumper crop of new books and literary treasures.

The autumn issue of Slightly Foxed (No. 51) is now on its way to readers all around the world. Its cover sports a sumptuously autumnal scene so we’ll quite understand if you want to hide it away for a few more days. Whether you devour it immediately or wait for the evenings to draw in, we do hope you’ll enjoy the new issue’s collection of good writing and good reading. In it:
Michael Barber hangs out on the Maginot Line • Ursula Buchan follows Montrose to the Borders • Patrick Welland explains the Singapore Grip • Amanda Theunissen meets a revolutionary with a sense of fun • Henry Jeffreys relives his university days with David Lodge • Daisy Hay finds Mary Wollstonecraft very contemporary • Derek Collett sits in on some psychiatric sessions • Victoria Neumark asks ‘Goodbye to all what?’ • Derek Parker goes backstage with some extremely old actors, and much, much more . . .

Also new this quarter there’s our 35th Slightly Foxed Edition: Sword of Bone by Anthony Rhodes, two new SF Cubs to complete the set of 12 Carey Novels by Ronald Welch, the Slightly Foxed wall calendar for 2017, four new bookplates by the talented wood engraver Sue Scullard and a new section on our online bookshop dedicated to travel classics from the excellent small publisher, Eland Books, among other things.

But before all this comes the Bank Holiday (thank goodness!) so this afternoon the SF staff will be shutting up shop and enjoying a well-earned rest before the hustle and bustle of the new season begins. We look forward to catching up with you all next week and wish you all a very happy Bank Holiday meantime.

Autumn Offerings

The SF office will be closed on Monday for the Bank Holiday. Please order at your leisure and we’ll post your items off next week. With best wishes from the office foxes, Anna, Hattie, Jennie, Olivia & Katy

PS If you would like to receive a free SF Tea Towel with your items please use the coupon code TEA at the checkout or by phone: 020 7033 0258.
New! SFE 35

Sword of Bone

Anthony Rhodes

It’s hard to imagine that anyone who took part in the disaster of Dunkirk could write an amusing book about it.
But that is what Anthony Rhodes has done in Sword of Bone . . .

From £16


Last year we offered readers the opportunity to acquire a personalized yet affordable bookplate featuring a wood engraving by Howard Phipps. Those bookplates are still available but this year we are delighted to add four more designs by another of our favourite wood engravers, Sue Scullard.

Sue started wood engraving on endgrain boxwood in 1980, while studying at the Royal College of Art. Since then she has made prints for illustration, to fulfil commissions and for exhibition. Inspirations include landscape and architecture. She is fascinated by subjects which give her the opportunity to explore the textures and patterns that can be made with the various engraving tools.

From £150

Two new Carey Novels by Ronald Welch to complete the set of 12

Tank Commander

Ensign Carey

The perfect introduction to a world of good reading.

A handful of unnumbered overrun copies of early Slightly Foxed Editions. Very limited stock. All marked ‘Press‘ on fly-leaf. May be slightly worn but otherwise perfect.

View special stock


Wall Calendar

Our annual calendar for 2017, featuring another 12 favourite covers from back issues of the quarterly, including Quentin Blake, James Nunn, Ed Kluz, Angie Lewin, Sue Macartney-Snape . . .

New! Now available on the SF website: a selection of our favourite travel classics published by our friends at Eland Books.

‘Thank God for Eland, a publishing house still producing books for the right reasons . . . Travel its pages, explore its many titles, and you will discover worlds beyond worlds.’ - Jason Webster

View list

A selection of forgotten and classic books about nature and rural life in the British Isles from our friends at this excellent independent publisher.

‘A small but discerning press’ – The Independent

View list

Our readers write . . .

We are privileged to have such a nice bunch of subscribers. Your letters, emails, cards and phone calls bring us great cheer throughout the year. 

‘Thank you SF once again for all the pleasure you give - and if we ARE headed for Hell in a handcart, I hope it will be well-stocked with past issues of your life-enhancing magazine.’ S. Boswell, Suffolk

‘Hello Humans, Just to let you know your website is a joy to use.’ J. Webb, Carmarthen

‘Dear Editors, May I congratulate you on your quarterly magazine, in particular the wood engraving on page 33 of Issue 50. Each time I turn to it I seem to see the sea gulls actually circling around the stack. On a more whimsical note, there seems to be an elderly, rather sad man peering at me from near the top of the stack. Yours in appreciation’ J. I’Anson, Herefordshire
‘You feed my anglophile, book long, appreciator of the off-the-beaten-track soul. Reading SF takes me back to living in London in the ’70s’ J. Eaton, USA

‘My Slightly Foxed hardback limited editions tower’ - Les Livres (via Instagram)

‘I was away for the last few days and came back very depressed about the referendum result and full of foreboding. Yesterday as I was checking through my mail I read this message. I laughed at the Daisy Ashford article for several minutes - and also learnt a lot. I also greatly enjoyed the Howard Phipps illustration. The world seemed a less dismal place! Thank you so much!’ G. Woodman, Belfast
The Digital Fox

If you are a current print subscriber to Slightly Foxed you can now access the digital edition and full archive for free. If you don’t know your membership number, please send Olivia an email and she’ll send a note of your number to you next week.
Olivia Lomenech Gill, ‘Vasalisa’s Garden’, watercolour & gouache on board (36cm x 30cm)

Our Autumn Cover Artist

Olivia Lomenech Gill, ‘Vasalisa’s Garden’, watercolour & gouache on board (36cm x 30cm)

Olivia is a professional artist. In recent years she has also worked on illustration after being commissioned to design and illustrate a book for Michael and Clare Morpurgo with Templar Publishing. This was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2014 and nominated for the International Biennale of Illustration in Bratislava.

Olivia lives and works in Northumberland, with her husband, a paper conservator, with whom she shares a dedicated print and conservation studio. For more information please visit:


 From our friends at Granta magazine 

What happens after you fall in love? The essays and fiction in Granta 136: Legacies of Love look at the risk and reward of loving someone.
‘Whatever Happened to Interracial Love’ by the late African-American filmmaker Kathleen Collins, captures the atmosphere of the Civil Rights movement in New York and the dangerous risks taken by its activists. In an iconic essay ‘Africa’s Future Has No Place for Stupid Black Men’ young Nigerian writer Pwaangulongii Daoud delivers a passionate elegy for his friend C-Boy, a gay activist in homophobic Nigeria. Suzanne Brøgger describes the pain of being stalked; Emma Cline depicts a taut sibling relationship; Steven Dunn on a violent childhood; and Gwendoline Riley on first love. Plus FICTION form Patrick Flanery and Victor Lodato, POETRY from Vahni Capildeo, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Sylvia Legris and Hoa Nguyen and PHOTOGRAPHY by Jacob Aue Sobol.

Subscribe now and receive your first issue for free.

For the full range of all things Slightly Foxed, please visit our online emporium of good bookish things:

Autumn Dispatch Dates

Slightly Foxed Issue 51

The autumn issue of Slightly Foxed is published on 1 September. UK subscribers should receive their copies by 1 September. Overseas subscribers should receive their copies by 18 September.

Copies of the autumn issue of Slightly Foxed and other new publications will be dispatched to bookshops and other stockists before 1 September.

Slightly Foxed Edition No. 35, Anthony Rhodes, Sword of Bone

Those readers who are on an automatic order for the limited editions each quarter should receive this book by 1 September (UK) and 18 September (overseas). Please note that these books are dispatched directly from the office and your copy is unlikely to arrive on the same day as your new issue of Slightly Foxed, which is dispatched by our printers, Smith Settle.

Slightly Foxed Cubs: The Carey Novels

Those readers who are on an automatic order for Carey Novels should receive the last two books in the series (Ensign Carey & Tank Commander) by 1 September (UK) and 18 September (overseas). Please note that these books are dispatched directly from the office and are unlikely to arrive on the same day as your new issue of Slightly Foxed, which is dispatched by our printers, Smith Settle.

If these dates have passed and you haven’t received your items please get in touch with Olivia Wilson (020 7033 0258;

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