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Upstairs at Harris & Harris Books, Clare

Summer is almost upon us at Slightly Foxed. The printers in Yorkshire and office foxes in Hoxton are knee-deep in boxes of crisp creamy quarterlies, newly minted books and mounds of bubble-wrap and packing tape in preparation for the dispatch of the summer issue of the quarterly. Subscribers can look forward to receiving it towards the end of the first week of June, and with it be transported to Mandalay with Justin Marozzi, across the channel with Joanna Kavenna, into the world of Whigs with Michael Holroyd, to Nowhere with Travis Elborough . . . but we mustn’t give too much away!

Each quarter we look forward to renewing our friendship with subscribers and hearing what you make of the new issue. We especially enjoy the little notes, unusual postcards and other curiosities that arrive on our desks in the days after publication. As usual you’ll find a selection of recent favourites further down the page. 

Another great quarterly pleasure is celebrating new publications and next month is no exception. On Thursday 11 June we’ll be up in Suffolk launching the 30th of our Slightly Foxed Editions, Adrian Bell’s Silver Leyat Harris & Harris Books in Clare. This charming independent bookshop is very much at the heart of its community and, with new and second-hand books on two floors, handmade ceramics by a local potter, a large collection of old motoring books and delightful personal decorations from owner/manager Kate, it attracts book lovers from near and far.

We hope that those of you who are local will be able to join us, and if any other readers feel like making a special trip, we’d be delighted to see you for a chat, a browse around the bookshop and a glass of wine. Further details appear below, along with news of another date for your diaries. On Saturday 20 June the Slightly Foxed bookshop is throwing a tea party for all readers and customers. With a summer treat of 10% off everything and homemade cake on offer, it should be a very happy afternoon. Read on!


SF Summer Launch Party

On Thursday 11 June Slightly Foxed will be escaping the city on a jaunt to Suffolk to launch our summer publications at Harris & Harris Books, a delightful independent bookshop in the heart of the historic wool town of Clare. 

6–8 p.m. Thursday 11 June

Harris & Harris Books
7B High Street
Clare, Suffolk
CO10 8NY

All readers are invited to join us to celebrate the launch of the forthcoming summer issue of Slightly Foxed and the new Slightly Foxed limited edition hardback, Silver Ley, the second book in Adrian Bell’s celebrated trilogy of Suffolk country life between the wars.  

There will be books galore, plenty of wine and nibbles and the chance to meet Gail Pirkis and Hazel Wood, founding editors of Slightly Foxed, and other staff and friends.

RSVP Anna Kirk
T: 020 7033 0258


Adrian Bell, Silver Ley

In this captivating sequel to Corduroy, Adrian Bell describes the hardships and happiness of setting up on his own farm.

The story opens in 1921 as Bell wakes, full of hope, to start his new life at Silver Ley after a year spent as a farming apprentice nearby with the fatherly Mr Colville. Motor-cars, running water and electric light are only just beginning to penetrate rural East Anglia, and life is hard. But there is something in Bell which glories in the harsh simplicity of life on his own small farm. He loves the sense of independence, of achieving a relationship with his own land, and he has the poet’s eye for describing it. ‘There are worlds within worlds,’ he writes, ‘and to know thoroughly the whole of a single acre of my land would have taken several lifetimes.’

This is an extraordinarily moving, quietly observed and unsentimental picture of a rural world and a way of life which was even then fading and which we, the readers, know will soon vanish forever.

UK Â£16
Europe £18
Rest of World £19

Click here to read an extract and to order online

Also by Adrian Bell


Adrian Bell was a rather frail young man of 20 when, in 1920, he left the bohemian life of London to work on a Suffolk farm. Out of that experience he wrote Corduroy, one of the classic accounts of life in the English countryside.

UK Â£12
Europe £14
Rest of World £15

Click here to read an extract and to order online


Slightly Foxed Bookshop Tea Party

We’re throwing a tea party at the shop next month to mark the start of Independent Bookshop Week. 

Ben and Charlotte will be on hand to provide recommendations for summer reading and there’ll be 10% off all purchases on the day, all washed down with lashings of tea and homemade cake - while stocks last! And to tempt you further, there’s a new, extremely comfy sofa in the basement for readers to sink into with a book and cup in hand.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us.


1–5 p.m. Saturday 20 June 

The Slightly Foxed Bookshop
123 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4TE

RSVP Charlotte Colwill
T: 020 7370 3503
We are always touched and delighted by the notes, letters, postcards and emails we receive from you. Here are just some of our recent favourites:

I shall look forward to receiving the Summer issue; time, I find, goes so very quickly these days. Slightly Foxed is a lifeline for me here - in the Back of Beyond ("le diable vauvert" as it is called in French). G. Grayston, Australia

‘Have no fear; my wife has renewed my subscription for this year, as I made it clear that I absolutely love Slightly Foxed and would suffer serious deprivation symptoms without it! It is a joy from cover to cover. I also stumbled across the bookshop one day last summer, became totally engrossed, bought Portrait of Elmbury, and almost missed an appointment.’ C. Hayes, Saffron Walden

‘The quality of the quarterly, both the contents and the way it continues to be so beautifully produced, make it a treat which brightens these dark days of austerity.’ K. McCleary, New Zealand

‘I feel impelled to write as it appears that your office dog is a cocker spaniel; congratulations, cocker spaniels are, undoubtedly, Proper Dogs. All other dogs are lovely but inferior to cocker spaniels. They are the best.’ P. Atkinson, London

‘I just wanted to say thank you for the delightful picture in the newsletter - the fox among the foxgloves. I printed it out and put it up on the kitchen wall, where all my favourite postcards, greetings cards and anything of special interest goes up.’ M. E. Pawson, North Yorkshire

Publication Dates, Summer 2015

Slightly Foxed

The forthcoming summer issue of the quarterly is published on 1 June. UK subscribers should receive their issue by Monday 8 June. Overseas subscribers should receive their issue by Friday 19 June. Copies will be dispatched to bookshops and other stockists on 2 June 2015.

SFE No. 30, Adrian Bell, Silver Ley

Those readers who are on an automatic order for the limited editions each quarter should receive this book by Friday 5 June (UK) and Friday 19 June (overseas).

Please note that these books are dispatched directly from the Slightly Foxed office and your copy is unlikely to arrive on the same day as your new issue of the quarterly, which is dispatched by our printers, Smith Settle.

Slightly Foxed Cubs

There are no Carey novels being published this quarter. The next two titles in the series, Nicholas Carey and Escape from France, will be published 1 September 2015.
The SF office and our Gloucester Road bookshop will be closed on Monday 25 May for the Bank Holiday. We’ll be back first thing on Tuesday morning so please feel free to place orders online over the weekend and we’ll post all items out when we’re back.
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