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A decade or so ago four people sat round a kitchen table and discussed the fact that, while publishers and bookshops were getting bigger, the number of interesting and original books being published seemed to be getting smaller. And they began to think about all the wonderful books that had slipped out of print, or disappeared from publishers’ backlists and bookshop shelves, which would still be enjoyed today if only people were reminded about them. Out of these discussions came Slightly Foxed which in 2014 celebrates its tenth anniversary – an elegantly produced and much-loved quarterly book magazine, unaffected by the winds of publishing fashion and more like a well-read friend than a literary periodical, personal, unpretentious and entertaining.

Books Reviewed by Richard Platt

A Kinder, Gentler Thoreau
Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow: The Life Story of Jayber Crow, Barber, of the Port William Membership, as Written by Himself
Issue 14, Summer 2007

A Guernsey Lad
G. B. Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
Issue 15, Autumn 2007

Mr. Smith Goes to Arcadia
Alexander Smith, Dreamthorp
Issue 23, Autumn 2009

An Extraordinary Ordinary Man
Hans Zinsser, Rats, Lice and History and As I Remember Him: The Biography of RS
Issue 27, Autumn 2010

Under the Desert Sun
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Issue 30, Summer 2011

Right Reverend
George MacDonald, Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood
Issue 35, Autumn 2012

The Plots Thicken
Christopher Booker, The Seven Basic Plots
Issue 44, Winter 2014

The Contented Adventurer
Ray Stannard Baker, The David Grayson Novels
Issue 52, Winter 2016

Streams of Consciousness
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers
Issue 58, Summer 2018

Grave Expectations
Charles Palliser, The Quincunx
Issue 60, Winter 2018

Henry Beston, The Outermost House
Issue 65, Spring 2020

A Merry Malady
Holbrook Jackson, The Anatomy of Bibliomania
Issue 68, Winter 2020

Reaping the Whirlwind
William Safire, Freedom
Issue 76, Winter, 2022

‘Present at the Creation’
J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, Letters From an American Farmer

‘The Noblest Profession’
Christopher Morley, Parnassus on Wheels

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