News from Slightly Foxed: Still foxy at fifty
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Still foxy at fifty

Summer has arrived at Slightly Foxed! The 50th issue of The Real Reader’s Quarterly will be dropping on to subscribers’ doormats across the world over the next few days, just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK. 

We do hope you’ll enjoy reading it, be it in the garden, on the beach, in the bath, in a favourite armchair, in bed, or wherever you happen to take your quarterly dose of Slightly Foxed. Some years ago we sent a letter to our overseas readers, asking them to send us a postcard describing your favourite surroundings for reading Slightly Foxed. We were delighted with the responses and many of the postcards still adorn our office noticeboard. If you feel inclined over the summer please do send us a postcard describing your favourite reading places, or a photo of the 50th issue of Slightly Foxed on its travels - it will be warmly received by the office foxes.

As we touched on in our last newsletter, we’ve decided to mark the occasion of our 50th issue by celebrating you, our subscribers. It’s you who make it possible for Slightly Foxed to survive - or thrive, even! Last month we announced free access to the digital edition for all print subscribers which we’re delighted to hear that many of you are now enjoying.

From now on subscribers will also receive a member discount on all books and goods produced by us as well as free p&p on all in-print books featured in Slightly Foxed itself. Non-subscribers to the quarterly are most welcome to continue to buy from us online, by phone or post at the usual retail price. You’ll be able to see both sets of prices on our website and order forms from now on and the website should (in theory) know when you’re a subscriber and apply your discount at the last stage of the checkout. We hope it will be clear and work seamlessly but if you encounter any problems when ordering please get in touch with Olivia or Katy in the SF office:; 020 7033 0258.

The office will be closed from 5pm this evening until 9.30am on Tuesday 31st May for the Bank Holiday weekend so if you’d like to order online over the weekend please note that your items won’t be dispatched until Tuesday or Wednesday. We’ll be in touch again in June with the usual featured extract from a back issue and some suggestions for Father’s Day presents. Meantime, please read on to browse the new quarter’s literary offerings. 
Out now
Issue 50

Michael Holroyd enters the scary world of novelist Dan Rhodes • Liz Forsyth hits the trail that led to Brokeback Mountain • Richard Mabey shares Lesley Blanch’s gastronomic adventures • Sue Gee finds life is changing in 1930s rural England • Robin Blake follows Gulliver on his travels • Sue Gaisford discovers Who’s Who in Grunty Fen • Patrick Welland returns to the Raj with J. G. Farrell • Laura Freeman remembers the romance Elizabeth David preferred to forget • Gary Mead seeks a cure for depression • Alexandra Harris watches the making of a Shropshire garden . . . More
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.
All you need is your membership number. This is printed on the address label for anything we send you by post and on all other correspondence from the office. 

 If you don’t know your membership number, please send Katy an email and she’ll send a note of your number to you next week.

Readers’ Day 2016

Rose Baring
Margaret Drabble
Richard Mabey
Peter Parker
Jane Ridley
Barnaby Rogerson

All-day ticket including morning coffee and afternoon tea and cake

The Art Workers’ Guild
6 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AT


View Programme & Buy Tickets

The perfect introduction to a world of good reading, the summer bundle includes a set of last year's back issues (Nos. 45-48), four issues for 2016 and two smart grey slipcases to keep them all in.

UK Â£85/EU Â£105/ROTW Â£115
*save £15
The General Store

A selection of books featured in Slightly Foxed is now available to buy on our website.

New! SFE 34
John Moore
Brensham Village

‘Mr Moore has written a very good book. It has vivid characterization, country lore, humour and fine commonsense. It is true to the real heart of England,’ declared the Daily Telegraph in 1945 of John Moore’s Portrait of Elmbury.

The same could certainly be said of Brensham Village, its sequel, which was published a year later. Some of the same characters who appeared in Elmbury are still going strong – market-gardeners, farmers, barmaids, members of the cricket team – watched over by shabby, gentle Lord Orris in his crumbling, mortgaged manor. These were the last shadows of an England that was on the very point of vanishing.

From £16
Also available
SFE 26
John Moore
Portrait of Elmbury

‘I have written a book which gives me much pleasure. It is a kind of full-length portrait of a small country town between the wars. The sort of life that will never come back,’ John Moore wrote to T. H. White in the summer of 1945.

The book was Portrait of Elmbury, the first volume in a trilogy based on Moore’s home town.
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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. 

‘Can I say what a joy your publication is, and I'm disappointed in myself that I hadn't discovered it and subscribed sooner!’ J. Dwyer, Surrey

‘I was delighted to receive my issue today - a nice surprise on the doormat instead of the usual bills and junk mail. From the crisp artwork on the front cover that no HD retina display screen could possibly do justice to the soft whisper of turning pages, it is an utter joy to hold. And all this after reading only the introduction! Thank you for the speedy delivery.’ M. Cail, North Yorkshire
‘Thank you for your thoughtful acknowledgement of the order. How nice it is to get such a response!’ J. Pound, USA
‘Thank you for reminding me that my annual subscription is due. It is the best £40 I spend in a year, and well worth every penny. I look forward to another year of literary discovery.’ Mrs S. Stock, Essex
‘Another happy reader and all down to you (plural).’ M. Robinson, Kent

‘I’m looking forward to the (my) first number. Your publicity material is great. It got me or maybe foxed me. Let’s see.’ B. O’Connor, Belgium

‘What a well designed website. But it's only what I'd expect from having been an admiring subscriber to Slightly Foxed since its inception. What a civilised outfit.’ A. Keener, Surrey
Summer Dispatch Dates

The summer issue 2016 of Slightly Foxed is published on 1 June. UK subscribers should receive their copies by 1 June. Overseas subscribers should receive their copies by 18 June.

Those readers who are on an automatic order for the limited editions each quarter should receive their copy of Slightly Foxed Edition No. 34: John Moore, Brensham Village by 1 June (UK) and 18 June (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.

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

NB There are no new Carey Novels this quarter. The last two will be published in September.

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

From our friends at the Idler

The new issue of the Idler magazine has just hit the shops. In its sleek new quarterly format it features the inspirational Cerys Matthews on the cover. With articles from Richard Godwin on automated utopia, Alys Fowler’s top gardening tips, Alice Lacselles on how to make the perfect punch and Joel Morris bemoaning the excess of long form TV, there is plenty to get your teeth into. Plus we have music features on Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces fame, Thomas Cohen on his favourite songs and Sleaford Mods answer the Idler Q&A.

Subscribe now for the special price of £30 and receive Tom Hodgkinson’s How to be Idle Online Course. Get every issue delivered straight to your door, and if you sign up by direct debit you will receive an extra copy for free. Click here for more information.

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News from Also Festival

Founded by Salon London, Also Festival brings to life the biggest, boldest and most exciting ideas from art, science, psychology and philosophy. Taking place in Warwickshire, 17th - 19th June, this unique festival is set in 50 acres of beautiful Capability Brown-designed landscape, a wild site for festivalgoers to explore and a lake to enjoy during our brand new sensory perfumed lake experiment. Expect live music, lakeside banqueting, philosophy breakfasts, ‘get involved’ workshops, and the chance to get up close and personal with leading scientists, thinkers and writers. Also is the festival for the interesting and the interested this summer.

For more information please visit:
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