News from Slightly Foxed: The Dashing Fox
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News from Slightly Foxed: The Dashing Fox

The new quarter is upon us and, as befits the start of the new school year, we’re thrilled to welcome two new young foxes to the fold. Hattie and Stanley are both most charming, inquisitive, intelligent and cheering and are already expert at darting around the many boxes of books in the office. Hattie is rather more useful than Stanley in some respects as she has an excellent telephone manner and is quite a whizz at the packing desk but, with his spotty belly, long silky ears and big brown eyes, we feel office puppy Stanley has much to offer too, although office dog Chudleigh might not agree!

The arrival of Hattie takes our little team of full- and part-time staff to ten which seems rather extraordinary compared to the early days, but despite our gently increasing numbers there’s still very much a small family feel here at SF and we’re delighted to have a new fox on board to help with our latest haul of books and literary treasures. New this quarter we have the last two Carey Novels: Ensign Carey and Tank Commander, our 35th Slightly Foxed Edition, Anthony Rhodes’s Sword of Bone, the 2017 edition of the Slightly Foxed wall calendar (with a cover by a rather famous illustrator friend), a second delightfully foxy illustration for this year’s Christmas card and four more wood engravings for personalized bookplates, this time bearing a barn owl, geese in a meadow, a March hare and a dashing fox (as shown above).

Our own fox would do well to be rather more more dashing this quarter for it appears the autumn issue has taken the long way round to some of our overseas readers. We’ve heard from a handful of subscribers in far-flung places that the new issue has not yet reached them, and that others’ copies have arrived in envelopes bearing a strange array of international postal stickers. Brazil via Budapest? Vermont via Vienna? Ireland via India? Most foxing indeed.

We very much hope that all outstanding copies will be delivered any day now but if yours doesn’t arrive in the next few days, fear not, you shall not be without the fox. If your issue has been lost, we will send a replacement copy out forthwith. Please do get in touch with Hattie in the SF office for more information. ( / +44 20 7033 0258).

With best wishes from us all at Slightly Foxed

New! Plain Foxed Edition No. 1


Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School

Since it was first published as a Slightly Foxed Edition in 2011 Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School has achieved the status of a minor classic. The limited edition sold out within a month and the subsequent paperback editions have now sold out too. So many of you enjoyed Mr Tibbits’s that we’re now reissuing it in hardback as our first Plain Foxed Edition.

Like many of the best books, this unusual history of an unusual school – St Philip’s prep-school in Kensington, founded in 1934 by Catholic convert Richard Tibbits and still going strong today – is hard to classify. ‘As you live through its story in these chapters,’ the author promises her readers, ‘you’ll be taken on a meander through the twentieth century. War, rationing, smog, mini-skirts, maxi-skirts, strikes, Thatcherism, the first computer . . .’ Enough to say that for anyone who has enjoyed Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall or Ronald Searle’s St Trinian’s, anyone who loves to laugh yet feels the poignancy of the passage of time, this book will be a treat.


From £16

Featured in Slightly Foxed

A selection of titles featured in the quarterly are now available from our online shop. 
Out now.

SFE No. 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

The Carey Novels

Ronald Welch’s 12 Carey novels follow the fortunes of the same family from their involvement in the Crusades to their service in the First World War. Grippingly plotted and scrupulously researched, together they join up the dots of English history in a remarkably vivid and human way.

Single titles from £16
Full set from £180


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 . . .

The perfect introduction to a world of good reading.


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 . . .

Our readers write . . .

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

Slightly Foxed received as ever a tonic of inspiration and pleasure. Thank you!’ M. Wren, Ely

‘I thought you might appreciate the attached picture of my recently-received and already much-loved Slightly Foxed jute book bag on its way to work on the F Tram on Market Street in San Francisco. That book bag has to work hard for its living . . . but at least it gets to enjoy some pretty spectacular scenery en route.’ M. Verzhbisnky, USA

‘My thanks for producing such wonderful books and most of all your delighful service which is second to none. Very best wishes.’ G. Montgomery, North Yorkshire

‘Ladies, thank you for the final members of the Carey family sagas (in my childhood, as now, certainly far more appealing than the Forsythes). Some sun in York would be much appreciated, preferably literal as well as literary. Perhaps you find it monotonous, if still pleasurable, to hear how much your varied readers enjoy and savour Slightly Foxed in all your manifestations, so please excuse the unoriginality of repeating that each edition is the most pleasure to come through the letterbox since the last one. Excuse me now, as I have a Mutiny to quell and a Tank to command! Most gratefully yours’ A. Harland, York

‘I do so enjoy your lovely quarterly, its quality and humour, which I do find so well illustrated in your Christmas cards. They were a joy last year and are so again now. Your devoted reader’ S. Geisen, Luxembourg

‘I’m sorry to say that I never made it to your office in Hoxton Square while visiting London back in March, but I have purchased two of your wonderful Slightly Foxed editions. They are lovely and the quality is what I expected it would be . . . Thank you for making these lovely books and here’s to good reading.’ E. Hanson, USA

Free Ticket Offer


Forty Years On: Rose Tremain in conversation


7pm, Thursday 29 September
The British Library Conference Centre

In conversation with the RSL’s Literary Director, Maggie Fergusson, Rose Tremain reflects on forty years of writing. She talks about her latest novel, The Gustav Sonata, why she searches for subjects outside her own experience, why it’s difficult for readers to surrender to short stories, and why, even in a novel, truth is all.

Those interested in attending should email the RSL

Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The Digital Fox

If you are a print subscriber to Slightly Foxed you can access the digital edition and full archive of back issues for free. If you don’t know your membership number, please send Hattie an email and she’ll send a note of your number to you next week.

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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