Andrew Zurcher

Andrew Zurcher


Dr Andrew Zurcher is Director of Studies in English at Queen’s College, Cambridge, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the works of Spenser, Sidney and Shakespeare.

Twelve Nights is his debut novel, and the first in a planned trilogy. It was published by Penguin Random House Children’s Books in April 2018.

Andrew Zurcher @andrewzurcher

Cambridge friends: Please consider supporting the Cambridge Community Kitchen. There are a lot of hungry people out there, and out there is only just right here.

And now the 'Johnson pulls out' jokes can begin.

You know how you're supposed to let your worst enemy prune your roses for you? Russia's take on Liz Truss is spot on.

The UK is an elevator in free-fall, and the Tories are having a fight inside about who gets to push the buttons.

A chiropractor told me this morning that I should take a teaspoon of manuka honey before meals and “allow it to dissolve in your mouth”. I like this as a periphrasis for eating. From now on I will not eat, but allow my mouth to become a magical chamber of dissolving.

The Tories now have no credibility on the environment. No Tory. At all.

Just surprised myself by finding a book I was looking for. Now going to sit down and rest.

The bold action everyone wants from this government. Full of authority and mandate, drunk with success, they have decided to *go after protesters*. Put this next to the “dinner party for grownups” — a guaranteed emetic. Happy days!

Does anyone have any tips or lore on curing and cutting quills? I have already read Katie Hartman’s excellent Illinois pages (, but perhaps others with experience have pointers? I’ve never done this before and want to make best use of the goose.

Give blood, people!

They give you biscuits and squash and look after you and are really nice to you, and it’s a bit like being a kid being fussed over which is quite lovely and all too rare as an adult.

Also you actually save lives, so. You know.

@GiveBloodNHS #GiveBlood

here I am wearing a Breton stripe and talking about myself in the guardian. u might call it “Peak me”

Anybody want to hazard a theory on the first letter/word here? Anyone happen to know to what the '56' might refer? This is a note by an early reader left on the verso of the last leaf (blank, after p. 46) of Altomare's 1562 treatise on manna.

We will come in time to see that they manufactured this outrage at their fiscal policy. It’s a strategy that will be used to justify an extreme assault on social services. Austerity is coming, the likes of which we have not yet grasped.

Cambridge friends, students, & colleagues: save the date! The magnificent STEPHEN GUY-BRAY (@SGUYBRAY) will be speaking in the Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens' College, Cambridge on Thursday 10 November 2022 at 5 pm, on the transitions between books in Milton's Paradise Lost. Be there!

⚠️😡Make no mistake, we are angry. This Government has today launched an attack on nature. We don’t use the words that follow lightly. We are entering uncharted territory. Please read this thread. 1/13

In response to the Governments announcements this week including today's #MiniBudget and lifting the ban on #Fracking, failing to help those struggling with the #CostOfLiving while giving bankers a handout, we have to say:

Kwasi Kwarteng's mini-budget looks very Richard II.

Taste of Tory party ignorance and blindness to the climate catastrophe, lack of understanding and compassion for poverty, and unabashed cronyism and corruption makes unborn babies grimace.