Part 1 1633-1660: the elected son; a schoolboy's war - Huntingdon and St Paul's; Cambridge and clerking; love and pain; a house in Axe Yard; a diary. Part 2 1660-1669: changing sides; families; work; jealousy; death and plague; war; marriage; the king; the fire; three Janes; the secret scientist; speeches and stories; surprise and disorder. Part 3 1669-1703: after the diary; public and private life; plots; travels for the Stuarts; whirligigs; the Jacobite; a journey to be made.
Claire Tomalin has worked in publishing and journalism all her life, becoming literary editor first of the New Statesman and then of the Sunday Times. She has written five highly acclaimed biographies most recently JANE AUSTEN: A LIFE. Claire Tomalin lives in Camden Town, London with her husband Michael Frayn.