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VINE VOICEon 11 March 2010
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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on 31 December 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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on 14 May 2016
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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on 21 January 2013
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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on 19 September 2013
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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on 17 May 2013
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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on 23 October 2009
I've been following Prof Beard's blog, and the publishers very kindly sent me a review copy - it's brilliant, funny, and a must-have for any fan of the Classics. This will be my stocking filler this year!
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on 12 March 2013
Mary Beard is a heroine of mine. I was greatly distressed by the verbal attacks on the social media network, and wanted to learn more about her. This book fulfils that purpose.
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on 22 August 2014
I find Mary Beard's writing style rather breathless and irritating, perhaps due to these essays being born as a blog??
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on 8 June 2015
Brilliant!
Funny, clever and informative.
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