Ben le Vay's Eccentric Oxford

by Benedict Le Vay

Ben le Vay's Eccentric Oxford

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Dreaming spires, honeyed stone, cycling dons ... forget all that tourist twaddle, says Benedict le Vay. Find out the secrets the colleges don't want you to know, the inside track on the best pubs and eating places, the scandal and gossip about nutty professors and disgraceful students past and present, the brilliant stories about the great, the good and the bad.

William Morris called Oxford 'a perfect jewel' of a city; Benedict le Vay goes in search of the quirkier gems among its medieval back alleys. Here roam batty dons, daft students, barmy aristocrats and political firebrands. Who does that gargoyle remind you of? Why is a shark plunging into that man's house? When do students jump naked into the River Cherwell as Latin hymns are sung? What powers the 'Cosmic Triangle' of vibrant East Oxford? How do you control a punt without looking like a plonker?

. The pubs where Inspector Morse and Bill Clinton enjoyed a pint
. Where to eat a great fry-up in a unique setting
. Where to find a weird museum
. Calendar of annual eccentric events

Press acclaim for le Vay's previous Bradt Eccentric guides: 'Wonderfully barmy', 'The ultimate guide', 'A must', 'Endlessly fascinating', 'One of the best'

About the author

Benedict le Vay is a features editor on a leading British newspaper. He spends his spare time researching zany facts about the British and their way of life. He is also the author of Bradt's Eccentric London and Britain from the Rails.

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'Charmingly eclectic little guide.'
The Observer

'This refreshing pocket-sized guide will take you through the looking glass into an Oxford as yet unknown.'
The Lady

'These delightful guide books are perfect for anyone with an interest in England's most famous university cities.'
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Contents

Introduction: Why Oxford?
BACKGROUND
Chapter 1 Oxford bags of history
Chapter 2 Three Oxford eccentrics, dangerous sports, plus sex and the var-sity
Chapter 3 Colleges, their eccentric dons and other animals.
Chapter 4 Literary Oxford and further reading
Chapter 5 Eccentric Oxford street names and other tantalising trivia
THE PRACTICAL GUIDE
Chapter 6 How to get to Oxford
Chapter 7 The architectural Crown Jewels: Two unforgettable walks in Central Oxford
Chapter 8 East Oxford: Enter the freaky Cosmic Triangle
Chapter 9 Treasures and oddities north of the centre
Chapter 10 Eat, drink, shop, stay eccentric
Chapter 11 Eccentric and not-so-eccentric things to do
Chapter 12 Oxford's odd villages and curious churches
Chapter 13 The eccentric year in Oxford

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