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Where are you reading this? This month’s article would have us believe that you’re in the bath. However, emails are not quite as bath-friendly as the quarterly, so we hope you’ve chosen a drier spot to scroll through this month’s missive.

We know it’s only August, but we’re already getting excited about autumn at Slightly Foxed. There’ll be foxes, foxes everywhere when the van arrives from Yorkshire next week. It’ll be low on its wheels and laden with binders’ parcels of foxed books, foxed cubs, the Autumn issue and the handsome new Slightly Foxed wall calendar. The office will resemble a warehouse, we’ll be sidling past stacks of books just to get to the cafetiere, and Office Dog will be deep in a rustle and flurry of brown paper. 
So this month we’re issuing a plea for help: we’re asking you to stock up on paperbacks, check your shelves for any SF Editions you may have missed (another two are about to sell out) and order your calendar to save us from being lost in an avalanche of cream paper and cloth bindings. But before all that, here’s a short piece in celebration of our readers, far and wide.

Businesslike people sometimes ask us about our ‘reader profile’ – who, they wonder, would be a ‘typical Slightly Foxed subscriber’. We find this impossible to answer, except to say that you all clearly love reading and have shown yourselves to be an exceptionally nice bunch of people – courteous, generous, loyal, and with a telling turn of phrase, judging by your letters. What we do know is that you are spread far and wide, and during the dark, rainy days of several summers ago, as we posted off copies of the latest issue, we wondered rather longingly about the warm and exotic places in which you might be reading it. So we sent some of you who live overseas a note, asking you to send us a postcard describing your favourite surroundings for reading Slightly Foxed.
One interesting fact that emerged was that many of you read it in the bath – whether it’s a bathtub in Boston, Beijing or the Balearics. ‘How I wish I could say I sit on my patio facing south, or in my pergola facing north while enjoying SF,’ wrote a reader from Mexico. ‘The awful truth is, I read it in the bathroom, facing nothing.’ ‘I didn’t think I had a favourite reading spot,’ writes another from Austria, ‘but I’ve just found my latest issue, squeezed between a basket of plastic ducks and the tooth mugs, and realized that of course I do. What greater luxury could there be than a hot bath and Slightly Foxed (especially when the children are asleep)?’ Others waxed more lyrical. ‘I usually read SF in my Sydney garden, watched by the green parrots in my wattle tree,’ writes one Australian subscriber, while another reads his ‘on lazy Sundays, in my comfy old bed, in a house full of books, on a limestone hill, overlooking the town of Fremantle with the breezy blue Indian Ocean in the background.’ And a subscriber in Athens reads SF in a little house ‘tucked beneath the Hill of Nymphs, a few hundred metres to the north-west of the Acropolis’ or lying in the shade of a carob tree near the spot where Pericles lies buried.
An Indian subscriber enjoys Slightly Foxed on a balcony above the teeming streets of  Mumbai, while a  fellow SFer reads on a bench under a spreading tree overlooking the hills in Brazil’s high central savannas. Yet another snatches a few quiet minutes with her latest copy in a Brussels café over a cup of mint tea while she waits for her 5-year-old son to finish his music lesson. And a dealer in rare books in Milan paints a touching picture of himself taking Slightly Foxed out of his drawer and reading it in the troglodytic circumstances in which he works, ‘in a little recess, ten feet underground, in a library’, surrounded by towering bookshelves. Whiling away the 45-minute ferry crossing to the mainland from the Outer Hebrides with SF, waiting for its ‘erratic arrival (due to weather conditions)’ on Alderney in winter – it’s thrilling to think of all the different circumstances in which people enjoy Slightly Foxed, and these were just a few of the many postcards we received. Thank you all for taking the trouble to reply.
© Hazel Wood, extracted from An Index to Slightly Foxed, 2008


A Pair of Paperbacks

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A House in Flanders
A Late Beginner

Blue Remembered Hills
Mr Tibbits’s
Catholic School

My Grandmothers & I

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EU: £24
RoW: £26
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A Bag for all Seasons

Our elegant (and ecological) Slightly Foxed bag is the perfect solution for those of you who are forever carrying books around. Made from hard-wearing dark grey jute
with Slightly Foxed and our little book-reading fox picked out in cream, it is big enough to hold at least 5 or 6 books, and leave room for all those other small but vital items.

UK: £5.50
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Another Self
James Lees-Milne

James Lees-Milne is probably best remembered for his mischievously perceptive diaries, which chronicled the doings of upper-class English society from the Second World War onwards in twelve addictive volumes. This fanciful and funny account of his early years has the same gripping quality.
UK: £16
Europe: £18
RoW: £19
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Another Self

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‘Chickens’ Tea Towel

Tea towels, in our experience, come in two kinds – pretty and non-absorbent or practical and ordinary-looking. With the Slightly Foxed tea towel, we think we’ve achieved the best of both. Decorated with one of our most charming covers, it’s made of unbleached cotton and has a proper upward-pointing loop to hang it by.
UK: £6.50
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The Young

Edward Ardizzone

There can be few author-illustrators whose books are remembered with such affection as those of Edward Ardizzone. And affection is the keynote of this charming memoir, which brings alive in deceptively simple prose and delicately humorous drawings the comfortable Edwardian world in which he grew up.

UK: £16
Europe: £18
RoW: £19
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‘Buttered Muffins’ Mug

The popular SF mug is made by Hartley Greens & Co., a small firm with a distinguished history which has been producing its distinctive creamware – a type of earthenware made from white Cornish clay combined with a translucent glaze to produce a delicious pale cream colour –  since 1756. 

UK: £13
usually £15
Europe: £15
usually £17

RoW: £16
usually £18
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A Tenth Anniversary Calendar
Next year Slightly Foxed will celebrate its tenth birthday, and we’ve decided to mark the occasion with a 2014 wall calendar featuring some of the Slightly Foxed covers that readers enjoy so much.  It’s a handsome, spiral-bound calendar measuring 26 x 18 cms and printed on sturdy paper with a board backing, and we feel it will raise the spirits and look good in any room.

It would make a charming present for anyone who loves Slightly Foxed, or indeed for anyone who hasn’t yet come across it. We’ll only be printing a limited number, so do order in good time.

UK £12.50
Overseas £14.50
inc. p&p

Recently we’ve been collecting your pictures of the fox’s travels from all over the world. Please keep sending them in. You can see where we’ve got to by flicking through the burgeoning album on our Facebook page, or website noticeboard.

This month, the Spring issue of Slightly Foxed has been spotted by the pool in Lagos, Nigeria.

Thanks to Lesley Reader for the photo

Autumn Launch
We’re delighted to be appearing at Wenlock Books next month to launch the Autumn issue and new books: Slightly Foxed Edition no. 23, Christabel Bielenberg, The Past Is Myself and the paperback edition of A Cab at the Door by V. S. Pritchett.

Editors Gail Pirkis and Hazel Wood will be speaking and answering questions about life in independent publishing and bookselling.

Friday 20 Sept
7 p.m.
Wenlock Books
Much Wenlock

For tickets and more information, please contact Wenlock Books: 01952 727877,

Slightly Foxed Cubs is a new series which will, we feel, strike a nostalgic chord with many older readers and introduce a younger generation to a writer whose marvellous books have, unaccountably, been allowed to slip out of print.

Last tickets remaining
Sara Wheeler travels unconventionally, Sue Gee comes home, Ursula Buchan digs for victory, Quentin Blake goes beyond the page, Grant McIntyre sets sail with Aubrey and Maturin, Virginia Ironside grows old disgracefully . . .

On Saturday 9 November we’ll be hosting our third Slightly Foxed Readers’ Day at the Art Workers’ Guild in Bloomsbury. This event has become one of the highlights of our year – a great chance to meet subscribers, and for subscribers to meet and hear some of our contributors. It’s very relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable. Tony and his staff will be there with a selection of books from the shop, and, as always, tea and mouth-watering cakes will be provided by our contributor Frances Donnelly.

Tickets for the day (including morning coffee and afternoon tea) cost £50 – the same as last year.

Those who come to Readers’ Day seem to enjoy it too.  As some of last year’s guests wrote:

‘Readers’ Day was a huge success, a chance to meet old friends and make some new, to hear learned people waxing enthusiastic on specialist subjects, an opportunity to add names of books and authors to one’s reading list. Thoroughly enjoyable all round. And the cakes? Fabulous!’

‘Can I say what a fantastic time I had at Readers’ Day? The day exceeded my expectations and it was so lovely to sit and listen to a range of fascinating topics. It was a live version of the magazine!’

Tickets have sold like hot cakes and we’re now down to fewer than 15. So if you’re planning to come, do book now to avoid disappointment.

Wherever you are, and wherever you take the fox, we’re always delighted to hear from you. Your kind letters, emails, postcards, photos and cheery phone calls – and even the occasional present – really do bring us great pleasure. 

‘Thank you so much for your friendly emails and marvellous service. I have been entranced by your magazine and have been gradually buying up back copies – I now need nos. 14, 15 and 16 to complete my set. I have been spacing them out because otherwise nothing gets done in the house, lawns unmown, hedges untrimmed, dog putting on weight etc . . . I have been delighted to re-meet old friends – Rogue Herries, Richard Hannay, Biggles and so on and meet so many new ones. My wife was deeply suspicious and thought with some justification that it would just encourage me to buy even more books for our overloaded shelves. However I am delighted to say that she is now a great fan of yours as well. May you all thrive!’ P.M.

‘No discovery in the mail box is more pleasing than that of the new Slightly Foxed.’ C.H.

‘Considering all the payments one makes for the tedious necessities, writing the occasional cheque for an indulgence is a complete pleasure.  Thank you so much for your ongoing efforts to inform and entertain your many enthusiastic readers among whom I am happy to be numbered.’ M.U.

‘Some time ago I hesitated to take out a further subscription on the consideration that I would soon retire and must be careful what I choose to spend. A few issues later and I am determined to keep going to the very end. Indeed, the day I cease my subscription I shall know that the end is nigh. Thank you. It is a wonderful publication which gives me huge delight. Indeed, the last issue had me dog-earing so many pages to remind me to buy books that I daren’t pick it up again. It will take me the whole of the next 3 months (agonising wait) for the next issue to be able to afford to order all of them. Thank you a hundred times (seems a bit hysterical to put thousands) and masses of good wishes.’ M.M.

The Oldie and Slightly Foxed are delighted to announce that Slightly Foxed on Gloucester Road will be the official bookseller for the 2013 Soho Literary Festival.

Hosted by our friends at The Oldie magazine, the festival is now in its third year, and is fast becoming a London fixture. All events take place at the Soho Theatre from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September. Highlights in the early line-up include Rupert Everett and David Hare on Oscar Wilde, Rupert Christiansen on family memoir, Judith Flanders and Kate Colquhoun on the Victorians and authors Roy Hattersley and Dan Snow.

For a full line-up go to:
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