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The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys by Jack Jewers

A mystery set in a time before fingerprints and forensics, and a life lived in a time before anaesthetic and flushing toilets; the gruesome details are often just about daily life, and nothing to do with murder. A really atmospheric novel that starts at a gentle pace and then starts to gather speed, before becoming a race against time. The Royal Navy may be a man's world, but thankfully the novel does not only introduce us to the male hierarchy, we meet plenty of intriguing female characters along the way. Pepys has plenty of flaws, and doesn't shy away from recording them, but we are still firmly in his corner, wanting him to come through unscathed. I really hope another of his lost diaries comes to light...I would enjoy reading of his further adventures.

Elizabeth Wickenden
Director - Grapevine Media Group Ltd

 

Bridgerton meets Sherlock in this action packed crime thriller from the 17th Century.

 

Samuel Pepys Diary has enthralled readers for centuries with its audacious wit, gripping detail, and indecent assignations. Pepys stopped writing at the age of 36. Or did he? This action-packed historical thriller imagines what might have happened next.

 

The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys by Jack Jewers picks up a week after Pepys’ last diary entry, and follows Pepys on a mission to investigate the death of a Crown agent in Portsmouth – the home of the Royal Navy. Events spiral out of control, embroiling Pepys in a deadly plot that reaches higher than he ever could have imagined. And along the way he is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about who he is and what he really believes…

 

Jack Jewers reimagines one of Britain’s greatest historical figures through a 21st century lens.  Readers will love how Pepys not only turns detective but must confront his own prejudices along the way. What better allies for one of history’s most infamous womanizers than a secret society of dangerous outlaws, made up entirely of women?

 

 

It is the summer of 1669 and England is in dire straits. The treasury’s coffers are bare and tensions with the powerful Dutch Republic are boiling over. And now, an investigator sent by the King to look into corruption at the Royal Navy has been brutally murdered.

 

Loathe to leave the pleasures of London, Samuel Pepys is sent dragging his feet to Portsmouth to find the truth about what happened. Aided by his faithful assistant, Will Hewer, he soon exposes the plot as the work of a Dutch spy. But has he got the right man? The truth may be much more sinister. And if the real killer isn’t found in time, then England could be thrown into a war that would have devastating consequences…

 

 

The modern diary as we know it owes its popularity to the 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys. Quite simply without Pepys’ secret diary, discovered 150 years after his death, there may have been no Bridget Jones, no Dracula, no Adrian Mole, and no Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

 

But this is no dry, lifeless old document. Pepys’ diaries have enthralled generations of readers with their exciting, often crude and frequently hilarious confessions about day-to-day life during the Restoration. From slating Shakespeare’s plays to detailing his secret love affairs, Pepys’ diary reads like a 17th century Hello! Magazine.

 

Pepys witnessed some of the most dramatic events in English history, from the return of Charles II to the horrors of the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, but put his pen down for the last time in the early summer of 1669. Jack Jewers’ inventive crime caper, The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys imagines what happened next.

 

For those unfamiliar with the Restoration period, this was when Charles II returned to the throne after Oliver Cromwell. It was a time of hedonism and excitement, which saw the theatres reopen and women take to the stage for the first time. Brothels and ale-houses could once more operate freely. But it was also an era rocked by disaster, from the Great Fire of London in 1666, to devastating wars with the Dutch – that England lost. It was the best of times, and the worst of times.

Moonflower Books| 11th May 2023 | £8.99| Paperback

 

PRAISE FOR JACK JEWERS

 

An impressive debut. The Times

 

Spirited writing, vibrant characters, visceral backdrops

and swashbuckling action. Woman and Home

 

With brilliant period detail and an intricate plot full of skulduggery

and back-stabbing, this inventive tale is a real treat. Best

 

An action-packed, thoroughly entertaining read,

full of adventure and amazing historical detail. My Weekly

 

Debuts don’t come better than this. Like the best historical novelists,

his characters are as relevant today as they were 350 years ago. Irish Independent

 

A thrilling mystery. Woman’s Weekly

 

About Jack Jewers

Jack Jewers is a filmmaker and writer, passionate about history. His career has been spent telling stories across every form of media, and his body of work includes film, TV, and digital media. His films have been shown at dozens of international film festivals, including Cannes, New York, Marseille, Dublin, and London’s FrightFest, garnering multiple accolades, including an award from the Royal Television Society and a nomination from BAFTA Wales for Best Short Film. The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys is his first novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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