Cover Stories: Slightly Foxed; Gazza; Flamingo; Bill Clinton

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"Slightly foxed" is a term familiar to anyone who has scrutinised an antiquarian book catalogue, and rather an arresting title for a new quarterly review arriving on 11 March. Slightly Foxed is co-edited by Gail Pirkis and Hazel Wood, who both worked at John Murray in the old independent days. The 96-page stitched paperback is aimed at "the non-conformist" who wants to look beyond publishing and press hype. Contributors - who include David Gilmour, Justin Cartwright and Lynne Truss, the woman who took Christmas by storm - will write about their favourite books, "overlooked, neglected or forgotten". The magazine will also examine titles from small publishers, and aims to "strike a blow for lasting quality". The annual subscription is £32, for which the team promises "quality paper, with entertaining illustrations". Further information at all@foxedquarterly.com, or 020-7359 3222.

* It's long overdue, but Gazza has finally delivered his manuscript - with a little help from footie fan Hunter Davies. Headline's Ian Marshall - the man responsible for the English rugby skipper Martin Johnson's recent literary success - took delivery this month, and work on the book will be his swansong before he leaves for the Orion Group. Due in June, My Story (not a stunningly original title) will reveal Paul Gascoigne naked, as it were. Marshall describes it as "the greatest untold story in sport".

* Philip Gwyn Jones, publishing director of the HarperCollins Flamingo imprint and the man who brought Arundhati Roy to British readers, has been made redundant in what HarperPress MD Caroline Michel calls a streamlining of the division. Inevitably, all Flamingo's hardback publishing will be folded into Fourth Estate, now part of HarperCollins. Gwyn Jones, one of the very few corporate publishers to give a berth to fine translated fiction, created a truly outstanding stable of international writers.

* Bill Clinton's memoirs are likely to be even later, thanks to his heavy engagement with the Democratic election hopefuls. Meanwhile, his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, finds himself a best-selling novelist. The Hornet's Nest, first in a series of Civil War yarns, has sold more than 300,000 US copies since October. Simon & Schuster will publish here in October: Carter will visit Britain for publication. On the eve of the election, the outspoken Nobel laureate will have much to say.

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