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Contents

City of Impregnation • john keay

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A Publisher in Bloomsbury • hazel wood

From Chelsea to Belsize Park • simon brett

One Hot Night in Cairo • anthony sattin

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By Ancient Ways • duff hart-davis

Ex Libris  • simon brett

Sex and Salvation • christian tyler

With Holmes in Tibet • frances wood

Backwards up the Orinoco • rivers scott

Scorpions on the Mantelpiece • hazel wood

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Crusading for Cary • sylvester stein

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A Hanging in Wandsworth • peter hopkirk

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The Novel that Escaped from Dartmoor • anthony perry

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 From the Editors

Welcome to the first issue of Slightly Foxed, the magazine for adventurous readers – people who want to explore beyond the familiar territory of the national review pages and magazines, and who are interested in books that last rather than those that are simply fashionable. We plan to bring you, each quarter, a selection of books that have passed the test of time, that have excited, fascinated or influenced our contributors, and to which they return for pleasure, comfort or escape; the kind of books that sell steadily and quietly to those who know about them, but are no longer to be found on the review pages or sometimes even on the bookshop shelves. Concentration on a small number of high-profile books from large publishers tends to edge out other new books from the review pages. So we shall also be introducing you to interesting new books from small presses, and to good books from larger publishers that we feel haven’t received the attention they deserve. We aim, in other words, to strike a blow for lasting quality, for the small and individual against the corporate and mass-produced – and we are delighted that you have decided to join us. But first our name, which has caused some people to smile knowingly and others to look, well, slightly foxed. For the latter, perhaps we should explain that, as well as describing the average person’s state of mind while scanning the shelves of the chain bookshops for something to read, it is also an antiquarian bookseller’s term for a volume whose pages time has discoloured with brown spots. Though the years – and continual rereading – may indeed have left some of the well-loved copies of books featured here looking a