From the Editors
As we write this, towards the end of April, we are still in total lockdown because of the coronavirus. In these difficult times, we’d like to say how very touched we’ve been by all the extra efforts you’ve been making to support us, writing to us, extending your subscriptions and buying more books. It’s something we’ll never forget.
We must confess that most evenings these days we both escape to Ambridge, the setting for our shared addiction The Archers, BBC Radio 4’s venerable 70-year-old soap set in a rural community somewhere in the heart of England, which so far remains blissfully unaffected by grim events in the outside world. As those of you who have opted to receive our regular email newsletter will know, we’re keeping you in touch with what’s happening here via an additional weekly diary. Many of you have told us, however, what a relief it is to escape to other times and places by opening Slightly Foxed, so we’ve decided that from now on we’ll take our cue from The Archers and keep SF itself and our editorials, like Ambridge, coronavirus-free.
Ironically in the spring issue we mentioned that the number of Brits who bought a print book last year had increased as compared to 2018. Soon after came another bit of cheering news – that after decades of decline, the number of independent bookshops is on the up. Now of course these small businesses, like so many others, are taking a terrible hit. If your local bookshop is still managing to take phone and online orders, please, if you can, support them. They are such a precious resource in this increasingly impersonal digitized world.
On a much more cheerful note, our new Slightly Foxed Edition, The Empress of Ireland by Christopher Robbins (see p.13), is a perfect