John Aubrey

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Ruth Scurr’s biography is an act of scholarly imagination: a diary drawn from John Aubrey’s own words, displaying his unique voice, dry wit, the irreverence and drama of a literary pioneer. Aubrey saw himself modestly as a collector of a vanishing past, a ‘scurvy antiquary’. But he was also one of the pioneers of modern writing, a journalist before the age of journalism, who witnessed the Civil War and the Great Fire of London in the company of some of the influential men and women, high and low, whose lives he would make his legacy.

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Weight0.373 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 3.4 cm
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Paperback

Pages

xxiv, 518

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

941.062092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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‘A truly remarkable writer, one of the most gifted non-fiction authors alive’ Simon Schama, Financial Times

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD

This is the autobiography that John Aubrey never wrote.

You may not know his name. Aubrey was a modest man, a gentleman-scholar who cared far more for the preservation of history than for his own legacy. But he was a passionate collector, an early archaeologist and the inventor of modern biography.

With all the wit, charm and originality that characterises her subject, Ruth Scurr has seamlessly stitched together John Aubrey’s own words to tell his life story and a captivating history of seventeenth-century England unlike any other.

‘A game-changer in the world of biography’ Mary Beard

‘Ingenious’ Hilary Mantel

‘Irresistible’ Philip Pullman

Additional information

Weight0.373 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 3.4 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xxiv, 518

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

941.062092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K