'With one's face in the wind you were almost burned with a shower of Firedrops'
A selection from Pepys' startlingly vivid and candid diary, including his famous account of the Great Fire
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Samuel Pepys (1633-1703). The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection is available in Penguin Classics
As well as being the most celebrated diarist of all time, Samuel Pepys was also a hearty drinker, eater and connoisseur of epicurean delights, who indulged in every pleasure seventeenth-century London had to offer.
Whether he is feasting on barrels of oysters, braces of carps, larks' tongues and copious amounts of wine, merrymaking in taverns until the early hours, attending formal dinners with lords and ladies or entertaining guests at home with his young wife, these irresistible selections from Pepys's diaries provide a frank, high-spirited and vivid picture of the joys of over-indulgence - and the side-effects afterwards.