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Mary Beard - Author


Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the Classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim, and is a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, Confronting the Classics, The Roman Triumph and The Parthenon. Her TLS blog has been collected in the books It’s a Don’s Life and All in a Don’s Day.

Mary Beard's Inheritance Books...

1. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
The classic novel about what women want, or think they want, or don't. Is 'Reader, I married him' the ultimate happy ending or not? It's a book that changes in all kinds of interesting ways as you re-read it over a lifetime.

2. Homer, The Odyssey
At the very start of Western literature, the Odyssey underlies so much of what we read right down to the present day. A story of homecoming, temptation and the perilous boundary between civilisation and barbarism.

3. Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch
The liveliest and punchiest classic of feminism: something every woman and man should read. It still changes lives, like it changed mine.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Mary Beard

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard
Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2016. Mary Beard has pulled off a totally involving and immersive history of Ancient Rome. She calls it her view of why Rome matters – and it does as she makes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2016
SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard
November 2015 Book of the Month. Mary Beard has pulled off a totally involving and immersive history of Ancient Rome. She calls...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2015
It's a Don's Life by Mary Beard
It's a Don's Life
Mary Beard
Mary Beard, a Cambridge Don is also a blog enthusiast and It’s a Don’s Life is a selection of her pieces. Her field is classics and being a populist – of the best sort – these offer some lively and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2009
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
Mary Beard
While reading Pompeii I referred back to many other books on the subject and found Beard has made them redundant. What previous books state as fact, she shows such evidence can be questionable, she shows us what is theory and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2009

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