Oxford, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'Few cities,' Jan Morris observes, 'have been much more loved, loathed, and celebrated.' This book has become a classic account of the character, history, mores, buildings, climate, and people of one of Britain's most fascinating cities. 'A book of outstanding excellence, with a sweep of knowledge and a distinction of style such as I have never before encountered in a work of this sort ...Brilliant alike in observation and imagination ...brings the very stones of Oxford to life' Sunday Telegraph.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, 8 pp black and white plates
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780192801364

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When is a guidebook like a historical novel, rich in texture and human nature? When it's by Jan Morris--this time of Oxford, and as much memoir as guide.

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The copy of the book I read said it was authored by James Morris not Jan. Oh well, mysteries of life and all that.The book presents Oxford warts and all but obviously the author loves the place. The book is well out of date and the surroundings of Oxford are probably much changed in 55 years. I wish I could go and see what it is like now.But if you want a brief history of Oxford then this will do. The writing is a little journalistic but not bad. I can recommend it.

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