`Whether tackling the Afghan conflict or sexy statues, Cambridge professor Mary Beard's spiky blog has become an internet sensation'
`Sharply observed, often hilarious slices of academic life' --Charlotte Higgins, Guardian
`Beard's studies of bygone times are infused with a peppering of wit that is unusual in an academic work'
--Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post
'Beard remains self-deprecatory, invigoratingly sane and zestful' --Frances Spalding, Independent
'delightful...It has the virtues of brevity, eclecticism and learning worn lightly...' --Sam Leith, Daily Mail
`Beard has a spry, pithy, conversational style... a diverting read' --Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times
"Well-written, in short column-length bursts, it's the thinking person's loo book' --Alastair Mabbott, Glasgow Herald