No, these were noises which belonged to the winter pleasures; her spirits rose under their influence. — Jane Austen, Persuasion
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December 20, 2018

'Tall, strong-minded and intelligent, but a bad chooser of husbands ...'



... she found herself needing to earn her own living. After a couple of false starts and one-offs, she settled from 1936 on a form of fiction described in her own novels (via her fictional heroine, thriller-writer Mrs. Morland) as the 'good bad book': in other word a competently conceived and well-written formula which readers could instantly identify and of which they would want more .. they wouldn't mind if they found they're read it before. ...

from 'A Bad Chooser of Husbands,' by Hilary Temple, 
in Slightly Foxed, Autumn 2005

I just treated myself (after long wanting to) to a subscription to Slightly Foxed, which comes with online access to 18 years (!!!) of back issues. I think it's a wonderful omen that one of the first articles I found was this one, about Angela Thirkell.  I'm with my people.  

7 comments:

Lisa said...

I think I might need a subscription - maybe as a Christmas present! And that article would be the first thing I'd check for in the archives.

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

Hurrah! It is the best possible gift to give yourself. I get so much pleasure from my subscription and have only begun to delve into the back issues online. (I will admit I ordered a special print copy of the issue with the Angela Thirkell piece to add to my collection.)

JoAnn said...

The perfect present!!

Audrey said...

I really hesitated because of the cost, but when I saw that we'd have access to the archives I decided that it was a great value, at least for a year! That's what I told myself, but I have a feeling I won't be able to resist renewing. :)

Jennifer said...

I subscribed at the beginning of this year after debating for ages and now I am not sure I can give it up. I thought exactly the same thing--that I had found my people. I haven't read that article about Angela Thirkell but I am going to go looking for it now. Enjoy your subscription.

JaneGS said...

I’d not heard of Slightly Foxed, but I’m now on the mailing list so I can discover more about them. Good omen indeed!

Terra said...

Slightly Foxed is a new one to me. Yesterday I finished reading Angela Thirkell's Enter Sir Robert and Mrs. Morland and her books are in it, Morland is delightfully correct in knowing where her books fit in the literary scheme of things.

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