From the Editors
After probably the strangest year that most of us have ever experienced, London is starting to feel more familiar. There are lighted office windows around Hoxton Square, and there’s traffic again in Old Street, now including shoals of bikes, some darting in and out of the cars and vans like minnows, some wobbling dangerously. There are a lot of new and inexperienced bike riders in London these days, and whether you’re walking or driving you have to look out. At Slightly Foxed the office is buzzing, and readers and contributors have been active too, putting pen to paper, or rather finger to key, to give the two of us plenty to read after lockdown. Sadly we had to cancel Readers’ Day this year, but we’ve booked the Art Workers’ Guild for 6 November 2021, and we look forward very much to seeing you there.
Despite everything and thanks to you, we’ve had a busy autumn. Roger Hudson’s An Englishman’s Commonplace Book has struck a note with many of you, perfect as a Christmas present or simply something to cheer yourselves up. A piquant mix of thoughts, contemporary accounts and observations from many different historical sources collected over forty years, it’s amusing, surprising and thought-provoking.
The latest Slightly Foxed Cubs, recently out, are Rosemary Sutcliff’s Frontier Wolf and The Lantern Bearers, the next two in her wonderful series of novels on the Roman occupation of Britain which carry on the story begun in Eagle of the Ninth and The Silver Branch, published last year. In 2021 we’ll be adding the last three books in the sequence: Dawn Wind in March and Sword Song and The Shield Ring in September. Together these novels weave together fact and fiction to take young (and older) readers on an unforgettable journey through