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on 10 April 2013
This is hardly a deeply intellectual read, but a further selection of topics from her blog plus comments from others. But it's a great book to read in short snatches, and as ever thought-provoking. She effortlessly combines academic rigor with a down to earth, practical approach to life, and a sense of humour (she always seems to have a risque, if not grubby, Roman joke suitable to the occasion) which makes her writing race along. Good fun!!
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on 21 January 2013
I bought this to take on the 'plane with me and it fulfilled its purpose admirably. Quite a lot of erudition slipped into the accounts of the daily routine and quite honest and lacking in pomposity about her job. I enjoyed it, though I wonder how long I will remember the detail.
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on 26 March 2015
Mary gives a good cross section of Topics in this book version of weblogs.

She discusses all kinds of topics and even prints the intelligent comments posted by others. That is to emphasise the intelligent ones - not the vitriolic abuse on many web sites. She also discusses this.

A good read from a good writer and intellectual.
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on 21 January 2013
I got this as a gift and didn't expect to like it - but I actually loved it. Ideal for snatched moments. Pithy and provocative.
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on 29 August 2016
Mary Beard is one classy lady.Honesty is so refreshing...and attractive.
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on 3 April 2016
Excellent book, highly recommended!
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on 15 November 2012
This was an insight into the intellectual life at a hot house of learning. It did not create envy for her position.
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