2011-04-26 · in Books · 107 words

A biography of Pepys — which might seem redundant, until you realise that his diary only covered ten years of his life, after which he went on to a reasonably successful political career. Tomalin does an effective job of weaving together the details of Pepys' life from his diary, his papers and letters, the writings of his contemporaries, the public records, and the occasional bit of informed conjecture. Well worth reading, particularly if you've been enjoying Pepys' blog and would like to know what happened next.

It's a shame that Pepys' other private documents largely remain unpublished; I'd be particularly interested in an edition of Mornamont.