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Interview about historical fiction, with Deborah Swift, author of novels based on Samuel Pepys’s diary (transcript)

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posted on 13.05.2022, 10:42 by Kate LovemanKate Loveman

Dr Kate Loveman interviews Deborah Swift, a historical novelist who has written gripping and carefully researched stories about seventeenth-century women. These include a trilogy of novels based on the women in Samuel Pepys’s diary of the 1660s (Pleasing Mr Pepys, A Plague on Mr Pepys, and Entertaining Mr Pepys). 


The topics Kate and Deborah discuss include: the appeal of the seventeenth century for historical novelists; the opportunities and challenges of writing fiction about women’s lives; Deborah’s approaches to Pepys’s diary in her trilogy; depictions of sensitive subject matter, such as marital abuse and racism; and tips for aspiring historical novelists.


This is an intelligent transcript of an audio recording, which is publicly available. The interview took place on 3 May 2022. It was conducted as part of the ‘Reimagining the Restoration’ project, funded by the AHRC.

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Reimagining the Restoration: Samuel Pepys's Diary and Popular History for the Twenty-first Century

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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