• "I love John Aubrey's Brief Lives because they are funny - full of gaps, anecdotes and profundities all mixed up, as lives are"

    Rosemary Hill, Guardian
  • "I was hooked. Rapier-sharp, elegantly phrased, and without a dull or wasted word"

    Christina Hardyment, Independent
  • "You can almost smell and taste 17th-century England"

    Tim Flannery, Guardian
  • "These aren’t po-faced accounts: the joy of Brief Lives is its irreverence... [Aubrey] never kept a diary or account of his days and so the biographer Ruth Scurr, who has written the introduction to this new edition, wrote one for him. John Aubrey: My Own Life was published last year; read the books side-by-side"

    The Times
  • "These vivid and entertaining sketches justify Ruth Scurr's claim that Aubrey was "one of the finest English prose-writers there has ever been""