Review – The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys – a novel – Jack Jewers

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.

Title: The Lost Diary of Samuel Pepys – a novel

Author: Jack Jewers

Publication Date: 4th August 2022

Publisher: Moonflower Books

Description:

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…

My Thoughts:

I thought that this book would be an interesting read due to the diary format.

Also due to the fact that although I have heard of Samuel Pepys, I do not know that much about him.

Jewers does state at the back of the book that he is not a historian, he is a storyteller. I must say that I was easily captivated by the subject matter and I read the book in earnest. Not readily wishing to put it down.

Pepys is based in London but he is requested to go to Portsmouth to investigate a murder. At the same time he is going through a bit of a tricky situation with his wife. She has discovered his diary and the contents within are not to her liking. So she decides that she will also depart from London (whether she will return is not something she discloses to Pepys).

The plot of the book is a little complicated and you do need to pay attention to all the various characters. But I warmed to Pepys rather quickly. There are some feisty women characters in here too.

All is not what it seems though.

Although a debut novel, I think it is an excellent one and I would highly recommend reading it.

About the Author:

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.

Many thanks to Midas PR for the review copy.