'The Unexpected Professor' by John Carey

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'The Unexpected Professor' by John Carey

Post by oftenwrong on Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:14 pm

On March 20th. Faber will publish a memoir title "The Unexpected Professor" by John Carey. (£18.99)  Carey has been Merton Professor of English Literature, twice Chairman of the Booker committee and is chief literary reviewer at The Sunday Times.  He has written many books, and in this latest one he forcibly expresses his distaste for "Toffs".  During his military service at an Officer Training Unit, he writes that he was filled with thoughts of tumbrils and guillotines by fellow cadet public-school toffs.
John Carey was a Grammar school boy, and writes this book partly as a protest against the lost grammars which he thinks would by now have all but eliminated the public school contingent at Oxford and Cambridge (and by implication, in Government I suppose).

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