The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • by Samuel Pepys, Hattie Naylor
  • Narrated by Kris Marshall, Katherine Jakeways, Full Cast
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Kris Marshall and Katherine Jakeways star as Mr & Mrs Pepys in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the world famous diaries.
Samuel Pepys was 26 when he decided to start keeping a diary, in January 1660. For the next 10 years he faithfully recorded the day's events and confessed his innermost thoughts. That diary has since become one of our most important, and fascinating, historical documents. Pepys gave us eyewitness accounts of some of the great events of the 17th century, including the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War. He also told us what people ate and wore, what they did for fun, the tricks they played on each other, what they expected of marriage, and even how they conducted love affairs. He described London - the frozen river Thames, the rising crime rate and the poverty - and recorded the details of his own life: his wife, rivals, lovers and friends, his work for the Navy, his drinking and social life.
Over 350 years may have passed since Pepys first put pen to paper, but the man and his preoccupations feel surprisingly familiar. In this major BBC Radio dramatisation of the journals, the sights and sounds of his world are vividly conjured. This collection comprises all 10 radio series plus a special Saturday Drama centring on the Great Fire of London.

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Absolutely wonderful!! It's a Time machine ride!

Would you listen to The Diary of Samuel Pepys again? Why?

I've listened to this over and over and there is always something new to discover in the diary of this horrible crazy wonderful man.


What other book might you compare The Diary of Samuel Pepys to and why?

It's impossible to compare this to anything else because it is someones real life dramatized and made so real that you just have to hear what happens on the next day.


What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The actors are magic and the end made me weep. I really felt like I had entered a world of a bygone age and I really got involved with the actors in that world.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Samuel Pepys reaction to the executions of those who fomented the Civil war is particularly moving even though it fills me with disgust at the same time it is interesting to see the reaction he has to it and how violence begets violence.


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- Willis

I can listen to it again and again

I finished this amazing book few minutes ago with eyes full of tears. I really enjoyed it.
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- soamieh amini "A painter, craft maker and gardener"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-18-2014
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd