Associate Professor in English Literature
School of Arts, The University of Leicester
Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, with special interests in reading habits, politics, and information exchange; expert on Samuel Pepys, the Restoration diarist and collector.
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) made a remarkable social ascent to become a powerful naval administrator with ear of two successive kings. His calculated approach to sociability was factor in this success. While mindful of how well-judged sociability could serve his ambitions, Pepys also enjoyed making the most of the leisure opportunities and meeting places of Restoration London.