Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin

This biography provides a thorough and engaging look into the life of Samuel Pepys, a 17th-century English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is most famous for the diary he kept for a decade. The book explores his personal and professional life, his relationships, his work in the navy, his experiences during events like the Great Fire of London and the plague, as well as his interests in science, music, and theater. It offers a detailed and vivid portrait of Pepys and his times, revealing him as a complex, flawed, yet immensely likable character.

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