August News from Slightly Foxed
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It’s all quiet on the foxing front in the office this month as we await the arrival of the new quarter. Tracey and Don from our Yorkshire printers have twice been to visit with a wagonload of autumn publications and the office at No. 53 is fit to bursting again, with box upon box of freshly minted books ready for release in September - even this morning’s friendly delivery man remarked that it looked just like his warehouse!

But despite the many boxes (and a few anxious mutterings about load-bearing and the least dangerous way to reach the kettle) there’s a summer calm in the air and the office foxes are enjoying a gentle month of catching up with odd jobs, clearing out the heaving filing system, taking turns to enjoy lunch in the square and quietly preparing for the autumn dispatch. So if you’ve been thinking about getting in touch to renew your subscription or order some books, now’s a very good time to do so.

In the absence of much other news this month - and admittedly in the hope of emptying a box or two - we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind readers of our Slightly Foxed Paperbacks series. These ‘pocket-sized chunks of perfection’ (so described by Erik Heywood of the extremely stylish Book/Shop in California) make ideal travelling companions. You’ll find a full list below, including a brand new addition, the affecting and hilarious Hand-grenade Practice in Peking by Frances Wood and, with our summer special offer of three paperbacks for a slightly reduced rate, we hope you’ll be tempted to stock up. 

Finally, here are two new dates for your diaries: an autumn launch party in our London bookshop on 3 September, followed by a trip to Heffers in Cambridge on 17 September. And of course there’s our annual Readers’ Day in Bloomsbury on 7 November, for which there are only a few tickets left. Please read on for more details. Meantime we wish you all a happy rest of summer and look forward to rekindling our friendship in the autumn.


UK - Â£12 per title or £30 for 3
EUROPE- Â£14 per title or £36 for 3
USA & REST OF WORLD - Â£15 per title or £39 for 3

Now available to order 

Hand-grenade Practice in Peking

China in 1975 was a strange, undiscovered country, still half-mad from Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, when young Frances Wood boarded a plane in London to study for a year in Peking. Throughout the following year in an extraordinary world where ‘education’ consisted of shovelling rubble, hand-grenade practice, and tedious ideological lectures, Frances never lost her sense of humour. Or indeed her fascination for the ancient civilization that lurked behind the Cultural Revolution’s grim façade. Based on the letters she wrote home. Hand-grenade Practice in Peking is both affecting and hilarious, a unique insight into a mysterious moment in China’s history.
Dodie Smith
Look Back with Love
V. S. Pritchett
A Cab at the Door
Diana Holman-Hunt
My Grandmothers and I
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Edward Ardizzone
The Young Ardizzone
Michael Jenkins
A House in Flanders
Ysenda Maxtone Graham
Mr Tibbits's Catholic School
Autumn Books Launch

3 September 2015
6.30 - 8.30 p.m.

All readers and friends are warmly invited to our bookshop to help celebrate the launch of this autumn’s literary offerings.

There’s plenty to toast, with our 31st Slightly Foxed Edition, The House of Elrig by Gavin Maxwell (with a new foreword by Galen O’Hanlon); the new paperback edition of Hand-grenade Practice in Peking by Frances Wood; two new Carey Novels by Ronald Welch and, of course, the autumn issue of Slightly Foxed.

Both Frances and Galen will be joining us and there will be plenty of wine and books. We hope to see you there!

The SF Bookshop
123 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4TE
Adrian Bell
Rosemary Sutcliff
Blue Remembered Hills
Priscilla Napier
A Late Beginner
Autumn Issue Launch

17 September 2015
6.30 - 8.30 p.m.

Join us in Cambridge at Heffers Bookshop for a launch of the autumn issue of Slightly Foxed.

One of our editors will be in attendance as well as Frances Wood, author of Hand-Grenade Practice in Peking and ex-Head of the Chinese Section at the British Library, and other SF staff and friends.

Heffers Bookshop
20 Trinity Street

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