A new British magazine called Slightly Foxed bills itself as “The Real Reader’s Quarterly.” From their “about” page:
[Slightly Foxed is] for nonconformists, for people who donâ€™t want to read only what the big publishers are hyping and the newspapers are reviewing. There are thousands of good books in print that never appear in the literary pages, but most people have no way of knowing what they are or which may appeal to them.
Slightly Foxed fills this gap, introducing its readers to all those wonderful books that languish on publishersâ€™ backlists but have too often disappeared from bookshops, and to interesting new books from small presses that rarely get reviewed or stocked by the chain bookshops. It gives space, too, to new books from larger publishers that arenâ€™t given much publicity because they are not considered â€˜commercialâ€™.
Slightly Foxed isnâ€™t simply a guide. It is also good company, giving you the lively, personal advice on whatâ€™s new and unusual, and whatâ€™s lasting and available, that you might once have got from a knowledgeable local bookseller. Contributors write about books that have been overlooked, neglected or forgotten, and books to which they return for pleasure, comfort or escape.
Since it is independent Slightly Foxed is free to promote unfashionable enthusiasms, to celebrate the offbeat and unusual. Contributors are encouraged to discuss their chosen books with passion and wit, to delight in eccentricity and to share the joys of exploring the extraordinary, the little-known and the downright peculiar.
Slightly Foxed is a joy to read and a pleasure to look at, printed on fine paper and generously illustrated. Each issue of 96 pages contains around 25 reviews of between 30 and 40 books.