First book out of the blocks was this biography of Samuel Pepys. Short of the fact he wrote a diary and once hid his parmesan cheese in his garden to escape the fire of London I didn’t know all that much about Pepys. I certainly hadn’t explored his actual writings. This biography was written by the same person who wrote a biography of Dickens that I read last year – which made me want to explore some of her other books. Overall I really enjoyed it – there was plenty of interesting information about his life and about the times in which he lived. Unlike some biographies I didn’t feel like the author was trying to push an agenda or make some tenuous link to current events. We’re off to a good start.