Ruth Scurr John Aubrey: My Own Life

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John Aubrey: My Own Life

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Here is a biography that is also an act of imagination: a diary that seamlessly stitches together John Aubrey’s own words to tell the story of his life.

Aubrey’s life’s work was to commit to posterity the England he loved. His Brief Lives would redefine the art of biography and capture the personalities and spirit of the seventieth century like no other work.

In his own voice, filled with wit, poignancy, drama and irreverence, this genre-defying account resurrects John Aubrey as a potent spirit for our own time.

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" My Own Life is light, ingenious, inspiring, a book to reread and cherish. The vigour and spirit on every page would delight John Aubrey, that most individual of thinkers and writers, who has found a biographer of originality and wit. It is reverent, charming, poignant: it is made of the same ingredients as its subject." (Hilary Mantel)

"Anyone who has not read Ruth Scurr’s John Aubrey can have a splendid time reading it this summer. Scurr has invented an autobiography the great biographer never wrote, using his notes, letters, observations – and the result is gripping" (AS Byatt Guardian)

"Another writer of brief lives, Lytton Strachey, feared that in our modern civilization John Aubrey would 'never come into existence again'. But that is exactly what he does in Ruth Scurr's absorbing and imaginative biography. In these pages his purchase on posterity returns with all his ingenious visions and impulses. Scurr is no less a pioneer biographer than Aubrey himself." (Michael Holroyd)

"An audacious and successful attempt to write a biography in the subject’s own words. Scurr has ingeniously edited Aubrey’s swift, vivid prose into a coherent account of the life lived by one of the most interesting (and interested – in everything) writers of our most exciting century, the seventeenth. Irresistible" (Philip Pullman Guardian)

"Writing a biography of a biographer that doubles as an experimental analysis of biography itself is a formidable and astonishing achievement. That it is also profoundly affecting is what makes John Aubrey: My Own Life a triumph" (Stuart Kelly The Times Literary Supplement)

"To me this book is a delight and…it is the one that I would take with me to a desert island" (David Aaronovitch The Times)

"For me, the academic historian, Scurr’s experimental “act of scholarly imagination” has already modified significantly my own historical understanding" (Lisa Jardine Financial Times)

"[A] moving and delicate book" (Frances Wilson New Statesman)

"Scurr’s judgment and scholarship in constructing Aubrey’s own account of events are so flawless that she allows us almost to forget that she is there" (Alexandra Harris Guardian)

"The marriage of [Aubrey’s] words and Scurr’s is so smoothly achieved that I have no idea where one leaves off and the other intervenes" (Allan Massie Scotsman)

"Scurr’s imaginative feat of retrieval has produced a perfect book for dipping into when you want a taste of what it was like to be alive in the 17th century" (John Carey Sunday Times)

"It is a testament to [Scurr’s] skill that you quickly stop thinking about technique and instead slip happily into the company of the character she has created. The wealth of research and the seams between imagination and reality disappear from view. This is truly selfless biography" (Daisy Hay, 5 stars Daily Telegraph)

"A delightful read about the ebb and flow of thoughts in one extraordinary man’s mind" (Claire Harman Evening Standard)

"Drawing on [Aubrey’s] manuscripts and letters, [Ruth Scurr] has fashioned, as chronologically as possible, an autobiography in the form of the diary that Aubrey never wrote. It fits him perfectly… Ms Scurr has done him proud" ( The Economist)

"It is a bold and brilliant experiment, but it suits the fragmentary nature of Aubrey's work and life." (Andrew Brown Sunday Telegraph)

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The autobiography that John Aubrey never wrote. Discover the perfect seventeenth-century English gentleman in his own words.

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