Samuel Pepys

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Neat enough for Pepys: Magdalene college Cambridge’s inventive new library
The famous diarist’s dedicated building, left to his Cambridge alma mater, could not be altered. So architect Níall McLaughlin created a magical solution

Oliver Wainwright

23, Nov, 2021 @12:24 PM

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Joshua Ferris: ‘ A House for Mr Biswas is as near to perfect as a book gets’
The author on reading John Gray at a time of grief, the joy of Samuel Pepys and and his favourite Thomas Pynchon

Joshua Ferris

10, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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It’s all about chums, not crones: a short history of ‘cronyism’
Samuel Pepys had one. Today’s government ministers seem to have lots. But what is a crony?

Steven Poole

22, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Beyond Daniel Defoe: the real journals of the plague year
For all its power, Defoe’s account of the great plague was not firsthand, and there’s much to be learned from genuine witnesses

Sam Jordison

19, May, 2020 @1:56 PM

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Silver plate found to belong to 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys
Item marked by literary figure’s coat of arms – and fork scratches, says Museum of London

Esther Addley

03, Oct, 2019 @9:00 AM

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17c review – a ponderous evening with Mrs Pepys
The London diarist’s long-suffering wife, Bess, takes centre stage in this laboriously well-intentioned piece

Luke Jennings

30, Sep, 2018 @7:00 AM

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17c review – rollicking 21st-century take on Samuel Pepys
Pepys’s celebrated diaries come under feminist scrutiny in Big Dance Theater’s postmodern mashup

Lyndsey Winship

28, Sep, 2018 @8:30 PM

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The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn by Margaret Willes review – in pursuit of knowledge
A lavishly illustrated ‘cabinet of curiosities’ opens up the life of unlikely companions who shared an unquenchable thirst for the new

Barbara Taylor

28, Dec, 2017 @9:00 AM

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The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time: No 92 – The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1660)
A portrait of an extraordinary Englishman, whose scintillating first-hand accounts of Restoration England are reported alongside his rampant sexual exploits

Robert McCrum

06, Nov, 2017 @5:45 AM

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The 10 best non-fiction books about London
From Pepys’s Diary to Ben Judah’s impressionistic survey, the city has provided a wealth of material for writers

Kathryn Hughes

16, Sep, 2017 @4:59 AM

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On my radar: Matt Berry’s cultural highlights
The Maypoles musician and Mighty Boosh and IT Crowd actor on Miles Davis, the great fire of London, a Charles Manson documentary and adventurous seafood

Kathryn Bromwich

16, Oct, 2016 @9:00 AM

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How the Great Fire of London spawned a great literature of loss – and renewal
Pepys and Evelyn were the most famous chroniclers of the fire, but it also inspired a few amateurs and hacks...

Adrian Tinniswood

02, Sep, 2016 @6:00 AM

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