Slightly Foxed is different – lively, unstuffy, more like a bookish friend than a magazine. Each quarter it offers 96 pages of lively personal recommendations for books of lasting interest – books that have stood the test of time and have left their mark on the people who write about them. It’s an eclectic mix, covering all the main categories of fiction and non-fiction, and our contributors are an eclectic bunch too. As well as pieces by such familiar names as Richard Mabey, Penelope Lively, Michael Holroyd, Shena Mackay and Robert Macfarlane, we feature contributions from writers you’ve probably never heard of, whose lives are lived outside the literary world, but who write equally thoughtfully and entertainingly.
We’ve been going for over ten years now, and readers frequently tell us we’ve filled a gap in their lives, widening their horizons by introducing them to authors they’ve not previously come across, or reintroducing them to old favourites, sometimes from as far back as childhood. Coming up, there’ll be pieces on authors as diverse as J. B. Priestley, Jean Rhys, Christopher Isherwood, Evelyn Waugh, Dorothy L. Sayers and John Updike, as well as forgotten names you’re unlikely to have come across and which no longer appear on publishers’ lists.
Slightly Foxed is about discovery and the sheer enjoyment of reading, a wonderful bran-tub of personal experiences you’re invited to share. It’s a pleasure to hold and to look at too – delightfully illustrated, on elegant cream paper, and just the right size to slip into a bag or large pocket. To most of our readers it’s more than just a magazine. It’s an introduction to a circle of like-minded people for whom reading is an essential part of life. So why not give Slightly Foxed a try, or buy a subscription as a gift for a friend or relative who loves books? We hope you’ll be able to say with our subscriber the novelist James Hamilton-Paterson, ‘It’s the only cheque in the year that I’m actually happy to write.’