The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life

John Carey

John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature, from grammar school beginnings to the Oxford establishment.
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Ireland, World War One. Dashing Harry Heegan leads his football team to victory, arriving home in swaggering celebration before he grabs his kit and heads for the trenches. A nightmare ...

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A classic war book by one of the finest poets of the Second World War.

Keith Douglas was posted to Palestine in 1941 with a cavalry regiment. When fighting broke ...

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Thomas Wyatt was the first modern voice in English poetry. Revered at the court of Henry VIII, his poetry held a mirror to its secret, capricious world, alluding darkly to ...

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John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature, from grammar school beginnings to the Oxford establishment.

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The Time by the Sea is about Ronald Blythe's life in Aldeburgh during the 1950s. He had originally come to the Suffolk coast as an aspiring young writer, but ...

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On 15 April 1989, ninety-six people were fatally injured on a football terrace at an FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield. The Hillsborough disaster was broadcast live on the BBC; it ...

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America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, leaving the social contract in pieces. In The ...

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The first volume of a majestic new biography of the great ruler told with energy, style and brand new research.

This is the first life of Napoleon, in any language ...

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Paul Lewis and Rob Evans

The gripping stories of a group of police spies - written by the award-winning investigative journalists who exposed the Mark Kennedy scandal - and the uncovering of forty years of state espionage ...

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The eruption of protests in Turkey in June 2013 laid bare the tensions accrued over a decade of economically successful but increasingly autocratic rule by the religious Justice and Development ...

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When Emma Brockes was ten years old, her mother said 'One day I will tell you the story of my life and you will be amazed.'

Growing up in a ...

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'Making software gave me a little jolt of joy each time a piece of code worked ... the world fell away, my body vanished, time receded ... You can slam this pleasure ...

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It began with an unsigned email: 'I am a senior member of the intelligence community.'

What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man ...

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There are moments when the many, through the few, become one.

At the 2011 Rugby World Cup a young Welsh side, captained by the 22-year-old Sam Warburton, captured the imagination ...

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The image remains pristine: a charismatic high-school dropout turned billionaire, whose stratospheric rise and daring exploits have won him millions of enduring admirers and made him a model for aspiring ...

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Brigid Brophy first published her study of 'the most intensely and electrically erotic artist in the world' in 1968, at the height of her own powers and in the moment ...

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What is behind the phenomenal success of entertainment businesses such as Warner Bros, Marvel Enterprises and Manchester United - along with such stars as Jay-Z and Lady Gaga? Which strategies give ...

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The gripping story of the trial that shook Victorian England - a tale of cross-dressing, cross-examinations and the invention of camp.

Fanny and Stella - two very alluring ladies-about-town - were not ordinary ...

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The dramatic and controversial history of the world's leading tournament. Brian Glanville's classic account is a celebration of the great players and matches from Uruguay in 1930 to ...

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Read  about how John Major learned the English language from his time in Nigeria. There is Tony Blair, with his verb-free sentences which imply everything and promise nothing. Gordon Brown ...

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