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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846682517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846682513
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delightful ... it has the virtues of brevity, eclecticism and learning worn lightly ... Beard is a very funny and penetrating commentator on academic life - and has a fantastic knack for controversy. If they'd had Mary Beard on their side back then, the Romans would still have their empire (Sam Leith Daily Mail 2009-12-11)

Enjoyable ... Beard is an exuberant communicator (Dinah Birch Observer 2009-10-25)

Sharply observed, often hilarious slices of academic life (Charlotte Higgins Guardian 2009-11-07)

Beard's studies of bygone times are infused with a peppering of wit that is unusual in an academic work, but given free rein here (Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post)

This collection of her posts is pithy and engaging. The casual, humorous tone is seemingly informal. But the rhythm and cadence of the short blog have been honed to a fine art ... Beard remains self-deprecatory, invigoratingly sane and zestful (Frances Spalding Independent 2009-11-30)

The marvellously educative, hilarious It's a Don's Life by Mary Beard, the blogging queen (Jane Gardam Daily Telegraph)

Beard has a spry, pithy, conversational style ... a diverting read (Edmund Gordon Sunday Times 2009-12-13)

Well-written, in short column-length bursts, it's the thinking person's loo book (Alastair Mabbott Glasgow Herald)

It's a Don's Life is, by turns, enlightening, funny, outrageous (Weekend Australian 2010-02-06)

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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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By Gs-trentham VINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2010
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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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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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From someone who has suffered from the male domination of universities, much worse here in the Netherlands than in the British/Commonwealth system, I see Mary Beard as an outstanding role model. She is learned, full of humour and unafraid. Long may she continue her good work!
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Bought together with Mary Beard's "All in a Don's Day". I found it amusing and interesting, as well as informative. A bit like Mary's TV programmes and appearances on the radio. A good read.
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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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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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