Reading Resolutions

Jan 15, 2020, 09:00 AM

As we turn the page to a new decade, we’ve made some New Year resolutions. John Mitchinson and Andy Miller of Backlisted Podcast join the Slightly Foxed Editors to bring new life to old books, leading us off the beaten track with wide-ranging reading recommendations. From Frank O’Connor’s letters, Selina Hastings’s lives and Barbara Tuchman’s histories to the poetry of John Berryman, Gayl Jones’s Corregidora and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, they journey through genres to revive literary curiosity. And in this month’s reading from the magazine’s archives, Richard Platt makes a convincing case for The Quincunx by Charles Palliser, falling under its curse of sleepless nights.   

Please find links to books, articles, and further reading listed below. The digits in brackets following each listing refer to the minute and second they are mentioned. (Episode duration: 38 minutes; 49 seconds) 

Books Mentioned
We may be able to get hold of second-hand copies of the out-of-print titles listed below. Please get in touch with Anna in the Slightly Foxed office for more information.
- To War with Whitaker, Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly. Slightly Foxed Edition No. 50, published 1 March 2020 (1:21)
- The Year of Reading Dangerously, Andy Miller (3:32)
- A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman (6:05)
- Corregidora, Gayl Jones (9:33)
- Independence Day, Richard Ford (12:28)
- The Happiness of Getting it Down Right: Letters of Frank O’Connor and William Maxwell is out of print (14:12)
- A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz (16:34)
- Selina Hastings has written biographies of Somerset Maugham, Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Rosamond Lehmann (22:43)
- 77 Dream Songs, John Berryman is out of print (25:32)
- Diving into the Wreck, Adrienne Rich (27:45)
- The Quincunx, Charles Palliser (32:08)

Related Slightly Foxed Articles
A World of Words, Annabel Walker on Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness in Issue 37 (16:34)
- Grave Expectations, Richard Platt on Charles Palliser, The Quincunx in Issue 60 (32:08)

Other Links
- The Slightly Foxed mug (now sold out) displayed the quote: ‘Charles Lamb once told Coleridge he was especially fond of books containing traces of buttered muffins.’ Please do get in touch with suggestions for a quote (up to 20 words) for a forthcoming mug design: (2:21)
- Backlisted, the literary podcast giving new life to old books, presented by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller (3:22)

Opening music: Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E Major by Bach
Reading music: Songs Without Words - No.12 in F Sharp Minor, Op.30 by Felix Mendelssohn
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