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Lucy Beckett was born in 1942 and educated at Cambridge University (MA in
History). She married young, has four children and six grandchildren, worked for
more than twenty-five years as a teacher, and has always read and written widely.
She and her husband, the musicologist John Warrack, live close to the ruins of
Rievaulx Abbey, one of the great Cistercian monasteries of northern England.
At Ampleforth College, the Benedictine school in Yorkshire run by the monks of
Ampleforth Abbey, she taught English, Latin and History from 1980, ran the school
theatre for 6 years, became Head of English in 1987 and Head of VI Form (the senior
years: boys aged 16-18) in 1991. When she retired from the school in 1996 she
continued for five years to teach Latin and Church History to the novices and juniors
in the monastic community. Lucy Beckett has broadcast for the BBC on a variety of literary, musical and
theological topics. She is a regular reviewer of theological and historical books for
the Times Literary Supplement, and has written many reviews and articles for The
Tablet, Priests and People, the Church Times and International Record Review.
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