It's a Don's Life, Paperback
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Mary Beard's by now famous blog A Don's Life has been running on the TLS website for nearly three years.

In it she has made her name as a wickedly subversive commentator on the world in which we live.

Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching -- and much else besides.

What are academics for? Who was the first African Roman emperor? Looting -- ancient and modern. Are modern exams easier? Keep lesbos for the lesbians. Did St Valentine exist? What made the Romans laugh? That is just a small taste of this selection (and some of the choicer responses) which will inform, occasionally provoke and cannot fail to entertain.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781846682513



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I had never heard of Mary Beard or her blog before picking up this book – my loss indeed: for those similarly ignorant, I heartily recommend ‘It’s a Don’s Life’. Cambridge classicist Professor Mary Beard, fellow of the all-female Newnham College, is the classics editor of the Times Literary supplement who, in 2006, asked her to blog for them: hers has become one of the most popular sites on the blogosphere. You need not have studied classics or even been to University to find her meditations completely enthralling, whether she is discoursing on tampons for Africa or racism or the ancient world. Definitely a Summa cum Laude

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