From the Editors
Wednesday 29 September was a red-letter day for us – the first time for eighteen months that we’d got together under one roof to record the Slightly Foxed podcast. Since the first lockdown in March 2020 we’d been sitting at home each month at our separate desks waiting – usually a touch nervously in our case as we’re neither of us entirely confident when it comes to anything technical – to see if we’d made the connection with Philippa our presenter in Cambridge and Lynne our producer in Cheshire.
Thanks to them, the podcasts have usually gone without a hitch, but it was so cheering to be together again in Hoxton Square and to meet our guests in person, on this occasion to talk about the graphic novel with the wonderful Posy Simmonds and the writer Paul Gravett. It’s well worth a listen if you haven’t already heard it. Altogether we felt distinctly festive, and now we’re looking forward – with fingers crossed – to a much more relaxed and sociable Christmas.
There could hardly be a more fitting book for the season than our latest Slightly Foxed Edition, The Wine Lover’s Daughter by Anne Fadiman, whose earlier book, Ex Libris, we praised in the opening piece in our very first issue eighteen years ago. As Adam Sisman says (see p.14), the title is something of a misnomer: The Wine Loving Father would be more apt for this affectionate but clear-eyed memoir in which the American writer remembers her convivial and amusing father, a complicated self-made Jew from Brooklyn with a passion for wine who, though moving in the best literary circles and heaped with honours by the end of his life, never felt he was quite good enough. It’s not just a book for wine buffs either, but one that breathes the