Tuesday 3rd June 2003

A quick round-up of news and queries from my inbox…

Rafael was wondering where he could see an example of the shorthand Pepys used, based on Shelton’s. If anyone has any thoughts, ideally but not exclusively online, then post below.

Roger noticed the BBC has a drama about Charles II coming up: “Four-part drama about King Charles II with Rufus Sewell and Rupert Graves.”

He also points out that Claire Tomalin’s Pepys biography is short-listed for the BBC Four Samuel Jonhson Prize for Non-fiction. Her book is profiled on the digital-only UK TV channel on Wednesday 4th June at 7.50pm (sorry for the short notice!), with an hour long show about all contenders on Friday at 8.30pm.

Finally, I noticed that Tomalin has won another award, the Samuel Pepys Award, given by the Pepys Club to a book that makes the greatest contribution to the understanding of Pepys. The Guardian called it “a candidate for the least surprising award result in history.”

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