Author(s): Claire Tomalin
Claire Tomalin's thrilling life of Pepys carried all before it when it was first published in 2002: it won the Whitbread Biography Award, and was then named Whitbread Book of the Year. Tomalin paints an unforgettable portrait of the man himself - diarist, civil servant, restless husband - who was present as a child at the execution of Charles l and later in life found himself briefly imprisoned in the Tower before dying peacefully in Clapham at the beginning of the new century. And in the background are a cast of hundred populating Tomalin's teeming canvas: from Nell Gwynn to Titus Oates, from pimps to puritans, from baronets to bawdy-house keepers.
Claire Tomalin is a former literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. She has written seven literary biographies and has won many prizes, and her biography of Charles Dickens was an international bestseller in 2011. She is married to the novelist and playwright Michael Frayn.