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Slightly Foxed  Beautifully produced literary magazine & limited-edition books for #booklovers || Made in England || Worldwide shipping || #slightlyfoxed #lovereading

Handsome fox in classic posture || ‘One of the pleasures of editing Slightly Foxed is choosing the covers, and for this 60th issue we’ve commissioned a special wood engraving from the distinguished illustrator Chris Wormell. His handsome fox in classic posture seems to us to embody the lasting qualities we aim for in [the magazine] ...’
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So wrote Gail and Hazel in their editorial for this winter's celebratory 60th issue of Slightly Foxed magazine, with @christopherwormell's glorious fox sitting proudly on the cover. 🦊💕📚
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Chris Wormell never went to art college or had any formal training and is entirely self-taught. Nevertheless, he has become one of the finest illustrators working in Britain today. His illustrations, predominantly wood engravings or linocuts, are timeless, beautiful and inspiring. For more about him and his work visit www.chriswormell.com or www.theartworksinc.com.

"On the subject of adults enjoying children's literature ... this is the first in the series of 12 Carey books written by Ronald [Welch] ... I know very little about the Crusades so I loved this tale, written for children, of a very young Philip d' Aubigny, of Welsh, Saxon and Norman blood, fighting battles in full knight regalia with helm, chain mail hauberk, shields and the lot, in the Holy Land and later in Wales in the 12th century. This is a great introduction to this time in history and is written in a way that brings the period vividly to life ... " #FoxedReader @les_livres_
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Take a march through history with Ronald Welch's impeccably researched and absolutely gripping adventure novels - technically for children but really for readers of any age! The Carey Novels and other escapades take us from The Crusades up to the First World War. Available in a hand-numbered limited-edition set of 14 titles (from £222) or in sets of any three (from £46), a full or part-set of books, or just one or two selected titles (from £14 each) would make a wonderful present. The sets are already fetching high prices from second-hand booksellers so if you've been thinking about adding these to your Slightly Foxed collection, don't delay! 🦊💕📚
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With great thanks to our reader Virginia @les_livres for these kind words and this handsome scene. .
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'Office Life' by the inimitable Posy Simmonds. This specially commissioned cartoon strip appears on the inside covers of the celebratory 60th issue of Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader's Quarterly magazine. || Out now, from £10.
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Featuring: Hazel, Gail, Chudleigh and Tarka on page 1; Stanley, Hattie, Anna, Steph, Jennie, Olivia, a book fox, and a helpful envelope stuffer on page 2. Swipe for a look at it in print. ☺️🦊💕📚

‘Slightly Foxed is a very civilised way to appreciate books and writers. No shouting, no hype, just beautifully presented enthusiasms, most of which are irresistible. Happy 60th!’ || #FoxedReader Michael Palin
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Kind words for the fox from our friend and fellow #readingaddict Michael Palin on the occasion of our 60th issue bringing cheer to a corner of Hoxton Square on this grey winter day.
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In this week's celebration of the #SlightlyFoxed archive we're cosying up to Issue 59. To #win this issue of the magazine together with a limited hardback edition of Jennie Erdal's memoir, 'Ghosting' (seen here nestled in festive foxtail ferns) and a copy of BB's 'Brendon Chase', please rush at once to @booksta_jojo's to enter this week's #GetFoxed60 draw which closes just before midnight on Thursday.
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In this issue of the magazine: Margaret Drabble travels with Trollope • Kristian Doyle eavesdrops in Manhattan • Sue Gaisford is gripped by the Asquiths’ wartime letters • Ken Haigh takes to the open road with Mr Polly • Kate Tyte goes Gothic • Michael Leapman meets an unexpectedly good-tempered gardener • Hazel Wood enters the Tiger’s cage • Richard Crockatt leaves the Magic Mountain • Helena Drysdale goes back to nature • Martin Sorrell witnesses a plague in Oran • Michael Barber smells murder in Moscow, and much more besides . . . See comments for a full bibliography.
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This week's giveaway marks the end of our giant year-long giveaway loop, taking us back to our first host @catebutler - HOORAY! We'll be having a break from Get Foxed next week for foxing/elving duties and will then be back with our bumper 60th giveaway to win an entire run of Issues 1-60 in smart grey slipcases, a subscription for 2019 and other goodies too. 🦊💕📚

December // 'Papercut Foxes' by @mark_hearld

Mark Hearld's lively papercut foxes brightened the cover of Issue 52 of #slightlyfoxed, Winter 2016, and feature as the December artwork in our 2019 limited-edition wall calendar. (Available to order on our website from £12.50)

Born in 1974, Mark Hearld studied illustration at @glasgowschoolart and then completed an MA in Natural History Illustration at the @royalcollegeofart. Taking his inspiration from the flora and fauna of the British countryside, he works across a number of mediums, producing limited-edition lithographic and linocut prints, paintings, collages and hand-painted
ceramics. He has completed commissions for @faberbooks, @tate Museums and Walker Books. For a selection of Mark’s limited-edition prints visit stjudesprints.co.uk.

Slightly Foxed is ‘a delightful quarterly magazine filled with book essays — not reviews of recent books, but writing about books beloved by the writers. I never read an issue without making several terrific discoveries. Also, it’s a great gift for a booklover, if you’re not sure what books to buy — that’s how I found it.’ // @gretchenrubin via @forbes *
Gift subscriptions to #SlightlyFoxed, books and other literary delights for Christmas or any other occasion now shipping worldwide. Gifts may be wrapped in our handsome recycled and recyclable brown paper, and tied up with our signature cream ribbon. May your Christmas wish-lists be thoroughly foxed, fellow bookworms. 🎄 🦊💕📚

‘A vibrant and stimulating literary diamond’ || Dovegrey Reader
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We're swapping this damp isle for the sunnier climes of Sydney today for this week's #GetFoxed60 giveaway - our 59th (and the last of our loop before we hit the big 60 next month!) hosted by our friend and fellow #booklover @booksta_jojo - On offer this week is #SlightlyFoxed magazine Issue 59 and cloth-bound hardbacks of Jennie Erdal's literary memoir, 'Ghosting', and BB's much-loved adventure novel for children, 'Brendon Chase', seen here in this bright and beautiful scene by our host Joanne.
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In this issue of Slightly Foxed magazine: Margaret Drabble travels with Trollope • Kristian Doyle eavesdrops in Manhattan • Sue Gaisford is gripped by the Asquiths’ wartime letters • Ken Haigh takes to the open road with Mr Polly • Kate Tyte goes Gothic • Michael Leapman meets an unexpectedly good-tempered gardener • Hazel Wood enters the Tiger’s cage • Richard Crockatt leaves the Magic Mountain • Helena Drysdale goes back to nature • Martin Sorrell witnesses a plague in Oran • Michael Barber smells murder in Moscow, and much more besides . . .
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Please rush at once to @booksta_jojo's to enter the draw. GOOD LUCK, GOOD BOOKWORMS.
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Many congratulations to the winner of last week's 58th giveaway hosted by @mybookbath who was . . . @TheBristolReader - your prizes will be sent out next week. Best wishes for a happy weekend to one and all. 🦊💕📚

Slow down this Friday evening with a ramble through our limited-edition wall calendar of covers for 2019, published to celebrate 60 issues of The Real Reader's Quarterly magazine. Featuring:
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JANUARY #SarahWoolfenden ‘River in Winter’
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FEBRUARY @clarecurtisprintmaker ‘The Thought Fox’
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MARCH @alicepattullo ‘The Potting Shed’
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APRIL @jbwlewis ‘Bluebells’
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MAY @rosiesanders.4apple ‘Dandelions and Other Flowers’
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JUNE @lukemartineauartist ‘Westminster, Afternoon Light’
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JULY @debbiegeorgeartist ‘Forget-me-not’
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AUGUST @oliverakersdouglas ‘The Avon at Salisbury’
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SEPTEMBER @jemmalewismarbling ‘Bloomsbury Blue & Orange Botanical’
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OCTOBER @olivia_lomenech_gill ‘Vasalisa’s Garden’
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NOVEMBER #PosySimmonds ‘Fireside Reading’
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DECEMBER @mark_hearld ‘Papercut Foxes’
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From £12.50 || Available now.
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‘The business of reading should please the hand and eye as well as the brain, and Slightly Foxed editions – books or quarterly – are elegant creations. Content follows form, offering new discoveries and old favourites to curious and discriminating readers.’ || Hilary Mantel
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Good morning to our #bookish friends and fellow curious and discriminating #readersofinstagram. Please forgive our pink cheeks as we bask in Hilary's wonderful words of support for the fox on the occasion of our 60th issue for a moment this morning. ☺️
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And now, back to the business of foxing. In this week's celebration of the #SlightlyFoxed archive we're sidling up to Issue 58 from this summer, with its glorious cover by @debbiegeorgeartist
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In this issue: Helen MacEwan is touched by the life of William Cowper • Christopher Rush finds much to be gained from Paradise Lost • Maggie Fergusson talks travel with Colin Thubron • Andy Merrills has a brush with some beards • Ann Kennedy Smith meets E. M. Forster’s great-aunt • Ariane Bankes explores Trieste with Jan Morris • Robin Blake recommends some spiritual reading • Sarah Perry gets to the roots of Englishness • Patrick Welland witnesses power struggles in Ancient Rome • Julie Welch joins the Pony Club and much more besides . . .
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To #win this issue of the magazine plus a hand-numbered copy of The Blue Field by John Moore and a handsome limited-edition wall calendar for 2019 please rush at once to @mybookbath to enter this week's #GetFoxed60 draw which closes just before midnight tonight. 🙌🦊💕📚 See comments for full bibliography.

Most readers, we suspect, have some irritating gaps on their bookshelves left by favourite titles lent and never returned.
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Our regular contributor Oliver Pritchett addressed this problem back in Slightly Foxed Issue 33, offering readers some elementary do’s and don’ts of book etiquette, writing: 'For the lender, the greatest concern must be to get his or her book returned in good condition and in good time. One approach, by the writer and hostess Dorothy Nevill, who died in 1913, was to put a sticker inside each volume saying ‘This book was stolen from Lady Dorothy Nevill’. Flann O’Brien once said page 96 was ‘the secret page on which I write my name to catch out borrowers and booksharks’. A bossy lender will record the deed in an imposing ledger or demand a deposit, but will then get a reputation for meanness. You may stick in handsome personalized Ex Libris bookplates, all beautifully engraved and perhaps slyly pretending to be your family’s coat of arms . . .
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A personal bookplate is an elegant and practical way of solving this problem and gives the book itself a special interest, identity and provenance.
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Our bookplates are printed to order on fine Italian Fabriano acid-free paper by The Letter Press in Cirencester. They are not gummed and will last for years, making them an ideal Christmas, christening, graduation or wedding present, or provide an excellent incentive to do that sort-out of your own books that you’ve long had in mind.
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There are eight charming engraved scenes to choose from, with a space on which the individual reader’s name will be printed. We hope you’ll enjoy this short clip featuring some of the bookplates.🦊💕📚

William Cowper and Mary Unwin had become indispensable to one another. A plan to marry came to nothing – the imminent prospect of matrimony threw Cowper into panic – but they continued, platonically, to share a home. He needed support and companionship, she someone to whom she could devote herself. In Orchard Side, their poky house on Olney High Street near Newton’s church, Cowper kept the forces of darkness at bay by constant occupation. At first this took the form of gardening and caring for a menagerie of pets, including his tame hares Bess, Puss and Tiny ...
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Cecil is at his most vivid when evoking the scenes of domestic content so often described by Cowper himself. His favourite time of day was tea-time, particularly on winter afternoons when the candles were lit, the curtains drawn against approaching night and the kettle boiled for ‘the cup that cheers but not inebriates’.
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When Helen MacEwan picked up David Cecil’s ‘The Stricken Deer, or the Life of William Cowper’, all she knew about Cowper was that he was Jane Austen’s favourite poet. But by the time she closed its covers, ‘William Cowper was a friend’. In Issue 58 of #slightlyfoxed, Helen discusses Cowper’s gentle, tormented life, and how Cecil’s book inspired her to write her own literary biographies. Her article, and Cowper’s garden, was illustrated by ‘The Medlar Tree’, a #woodengraving by Howard Phipps. #woodcutwednesday
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Howard Phipps studied painting and #printmaking at The Gloucestershire College of Art. He is now based near Salisbury and is probably best known for his drawings and engravings of the chalk downs of Wiltshire and Dorset.

Slightly Foxed amidst the stacks @thelondonlibrary to celebrate the 60th issue of #SlightlyFoxed The Real Reader’s Quarterly magazine last Friday.
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Thanks so much to all those who joined us here in the magnificent Reading Room to raise a glass to our bookish endeavours over the last 14 years. And to all of our readers, writers, booksellers, press and other friends and supporters around the world who couldn’t join us, know that we foxes and fellows raised our glasses to you in spirit on the night. Thank you to all of you for all you do to spread word, keep us busy, and bring cheer to our corner of Hoxton Square throughout the year. Here’s to Issue 60. 🎉
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#GetFoxed60 No. 58 is running right now over @mybookbath with 59 coming up from @booksta_jojo this Friday and THEN it will be time for our giant 60th celebratory prize draw ... Watch this space. 🦊💕📚#shelfie #librarylove #alifeinbooks #literarylife #bookishfeatures #londonlibrary

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