From the Editors
How cheering it is to see that there are signs of spring now both in the air and in the step of the people walking along Old Street and in the little streets around Hoxton Square. It feels as if Londoners are tentatively starting to pick up the threads of their lives again. As we’ve reported before, life in the Slightly Foxed office has not in fact been so very different during this last extraordinary year, except perhaps that we’ve been busier than usual – support from you for which we’ll be forever grateful. Anna, Hattie and Jess have been brilliant at keeping the show on the road, whatever the restrictions, and now Jennie is back with us from maternity leave – another reason to be cheerful.
We’re full of publishing plans for 2021, and for another series of podcasts. These have struck a note with so many of you during a year in which most of us yearned for companionable conversation and the feeling of normality and continuity that talk about books and writers can bring. In the autumn the Spectator’s reviewer described our podcast as ‘muskily lovely . . . the sort of thing you can imagine listening to with a dog at your feet and a whisky at your side’, praising the cosy and calming atmosphere and the fact that we allow our guests to have their say before plying them with questions. This is probably because we’re so genuinely fascinated by them and what they’re saying, on subjects which have ranged from garden writing to the workings of a small publisher.
For those of you who enjoyed our winter Slightly Foxed Edition Cider with Rosie, perhaps rediscovering this magical book after many years, our new spring SFE continues Laurie Lee’s autobiographical trilogy. In As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning he describes how