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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 Enjoyable ... Beard is an exuberant communicator -- Dinah Birch Observer 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, 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 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 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
Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day. She is in the 2014 top 10 Prospect list of the most influential thinkers in the world.