Monday, 17 October 2016

Monday Magazine Choice - Slightly Foxed

                                                                                    Grab a coffee and a magazine and just r-e-l-a-x.

The weeks' choice is Slightly Foxed ....

The publishing founders give it the sub-title of 'The Real Reader's Quarterly' and I wonder why I have missed it until now, especially as the current issue [Autumn 2016] is Nr.51.  But then I don't recall ever having seen it in a run of the mill magazine shop or newsagent.

I found my first copy in a second hand bookshop and sent off for the latest one. Initially it seems costly at £11 a time for a slender A5 magazine but, as with most quarterly titles, when you do the math it is on a par with the price of a lesser monthly or weekly publication.

For this you get around 100 pages of nicely textured cream paper about 120 gsm, accurately typeset and with occasional quirky illustrations. I especially like the fact that prices of the magazine and associated merchandise include post and packing and that my trial issue came with this  personalised postcard along with a bookmark and an invitation to subscribe.

The content, as described on the back cover is: The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces readers to  books that are no linger 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 would describe it as a dozen or so reviews of books or authors that each contributor has enjoyed and then written about in a very personalized essay. Great 'dip-into-whenever' reading for a journey or pastime in a waiting room. Then keep each issue to return to when your own tastes may have matured or moved on.

The title has nothing to do with red haired canines and everything to do with the description of old books where the age discolours the edges of the pages so that dealers describe them as slightly foxed.

Used back numbers are readily available on eBay at £3 or less so this could be a way to test the water and see if it is your kind of thing.

The cover designs are great too! More at

Happy reading - thanks for stopping by.