Slightly Foxed No. 71 – Autumn 2021 issue, quarterly literary publication, 94 pages
In 2022 I subscribed, getting a few back issues at the same time, to Slightly Foxed, which describes itself as “an independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine.”
I dip into each issue when it comes, reading the short essays with pleasure. I just finished reading this issue, here’s the issue blurb, followed by the full contents.
“Andrew Joynes goes back to the Middle Ages • Margaret Drabble gets to the truth of the matter with Doris Lessing • John Smart dreams of cheese • Rachel Kelly finds consolation in poetry • Charles Elliott follows a paper trail • Clarissa Burden falls for Inspector Grant • Ken Haigh takes the Tolkien test • Caroline Jackson rides with the Irish RM • Patrick Welland reads an elegy to a family, and much more besides . . .
Contents in full:
- Jocelin’s Folly • ANDREW JOYNES – William Golding, The Spire
- Elegy to a Family • PATRICK WELLAND – George Clare, Last Waltz in Vienna
- A Down-to-Earth Visionary • MARGARET DRABBLE – Doris Lessing, The Four-Gated City
- Paper Trails • CHARLES ELLIOTT – Richard Altick, The Scholar Adventurers
- Plenty to Say • OLIVIA POTTS – The novels of Mary Wesley
- Gone Fishing • ADAM SISMAN – Hugh Falkus, The Stolen Years
- Magical Talisman • SUE GAISFORD – Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword Song & The Shield Ring
- The Ubiquitous Canadian • MICHAEL BARBER – Charles Ritchie, The Siren Years
- A Smooth Man in a Trilby • CLARISSA BURDEN – Josephine Tey’s Inspector Grant novels
- Dreaming of Cheese • JOHN SMART – John Squire (ed.), Cheddar Gorge
- A Strangulation of the Soul • MAGGIE FERGUSSON – Brian Masters, Killing for Company
- The Price of Virtue • FRANCES DONNELLY – Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac
- The Tolkien Test • KEN HAIGH – J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
- Winston and Clementine • JANE RIDLEY – Mary Soames (ed.), Speaking for Themselves
- Innocent or Not? • CHRISTIAN TYLER – Rita Monaldi & Francesco Sorti, Imprimatur
- Out with the Galloping Major • CAROLINE JACKSON – Somerville and Ross, Some Experiences of an Irish RM
- Poetry, My Mother and Me • RACHEL KELLY – The consolation of poetry
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