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From the Editors tional revolving bookcases which were so much a feature of Victorian and Edwardian homes; and it’s both useful and decorative. Inevitably an original piece like this comes at a price, but if you do happen to be on the lookout for a very special present for someone bookish, or even a special (and very practical) treat for yourself, you would be supporting real craftsmen and commissioning something truly lasting.

And while we’re on the subject of independent businesses, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: please this Christmas, if you can, support your local bookshop. We’ve recently learned of the demise of one of our favourites – Wenlock Books in the lovely Shropshire town of Much Wenlock – which had been there for 30 years, largely killed off by the online giant. Small really is beautiful, we believe.

It’s almost a year now since we started the Slightly Foxed podcasts. After initial nerves about exposing ourselves on air (Hazel still fears she sounds like recordings of the Queen circa 1950), we’re enjoying this new way of being in touch. We’ve learned from some fascinating guests about a range of subjects, from the art of biography to the history of garden writing, and judging from the letters and press mentions we’ve received, many people look forward to these monthly glimpses of life here at SF. We’re already lining up a selection of interesting guests for the coming year. We do hope you’ll join us.

Meantime we send you our very best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and an optimistic 2020.

GAIL PIRKIS & HAZEL WOD

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