Amusing take on Oxford by award-winning comic writer Richard O. Smith and Korky Paul, illustrator of the multi-million selling Winnie the Witch series

Oxford Z — A

1000 Years of History in 26 Letters

Richard O. Smith and Korky Paul

Discover Oxford’s amazing stories, from Z for Zoo (yes, Oxford once had a zoo until three dangerous animals escaped) to A for Answers (there’s a quiz question for every letter).

Revel in true tales of Oxford’s oddballs, pranksters, poets, murderers, explorers, scientists, actors, criminals and politicians (there may be some crossover here). 

Learn and laugh about Oxford’s curious customs and peculiar protocols. Its eccentric academics and funny fellows. Its ancient university and even older town – and how they’ve often come to blows.  

Find answers to the following questions: who burned down half of Oxford cooking a pig? Which plant has killed more people than any other, according to Oxford boffins? Who went to sea as a pirate after graduating from Oxford? Which gruesome body part did Lord Nuffield keep pickled in a jar in his bedroom? Which college was put up for sale on eBay by rival students? 

Taking the reader on a journey through Oxford’s colourful past, this book brings to life a city known around the world. With comic tales and quirky illustrations by Korky Paul, it offers an audience of all ages a reading adventure that’s informative and fun.


£9.99 hardback

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106pp, 250 colour illus
September 2020
ISBN: 9781909930858