Samuel Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for his diary. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under King James II. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy.

The detailed private diary he kept during 1660–1669 was first published in the nineteenth century, and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London.

His surname is usually pronounced /’pi:ps/ (‘peeps’).

Books in order of publication:

The Great Fire of London1666
The Diary of Samuel Pepys1669
The Illustrated Pepys: Extracts from the Diary1978
The Shorter Pepys1985
A Pepys Anthology1987
The Concise Pepys1997
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Vol. III: 1662
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #3)
2000
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Vol. IV: 1663
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #4)
2000
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Vol. IX: 1668-9
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #9)
2000
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Vol. X: Companion
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #10)
2000
Diary of Samuel Pepys: Selected Passages2004
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Vol 1: 16602006
The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1661
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #2)
2006
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1665
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #6)
2006
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1666
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #7)
2006
The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1667
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #8)
2010
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Vol 5: 1664
(The Diary of Samuel Pepys #5)
2010
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Volume I – 16602010
The Joys of Excess2011