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It's a Don's Life

It's a Don's Life [Kindle Edition]

Mary Beard
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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`enjoyable... Beard is an exuberant communicator' --Dinah Birch, Observer

`Whether tackling the Afghan conflict or sexy statues, Cambridge professor Mary Beard's spiky blog has become an internet sensation'
--The Times

`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

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Britain's best known classicist speaks her mind on the ancient, and modern, worlds. A wide-ranging selection from her 'best hit' blog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (6 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041G68Y6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A* Professor 11 Mar 2010
By G. M. Sinstadt VINE VOICE
This collection of blogs should be read for what it is - a very personal view of the daily round for a Cambridge professor; she enjoys some days more than others - don't we all? Never got to Cambridge myself, probably on intellectual grounds, but Prof Beard's college (Newnham) would have had other reasons for rejecting me. Still, this makes me think I missed something worth while.

I had just finished Robert Harris's Lustrum when I picked this up, thinking the work of a Classics Professor would be a logical follow-up. It worked well on that level, and the humour was an unexpected bonus.

Highly recommended
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don's One life 31 Dec 2009
This is a series of articles culled from the author's blog, who is a lecturer in Classics at Cambridge.
I mostly enjoyed this read. The blog posts are varied from the use of Latin by David Beckam to of all things book reviews on Amazon. These posts seem to give a peek into the world of a Classics Don and perhaps dispel some myths about the relative ease of academic life. Still a stylistic drawback is the author's occasional harping against the male power & privileges and budget constraints; the reader remains somewhat unsympathetic on reading of her expeditions to Pompeii and the US.
Some negatives are that blog articles do not come across well in a written book format. They are too short to give a more detailed insight into some of authors more interesting topics. As well, the reader lacks the necessary background information to put these in context.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining views from academe. 17 May 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, written with a lightness of touch,but informing and enlightening at the same time.
Will seek out other Mary Beard books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 19 Sep 2013
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Good mix of topics - good read some informative some entertaining with some strong opinions but clearly stated. I enjoyed the read.
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