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  • Published: 12 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448190874
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

Ladder of Years




SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD

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

'A truly remarkable writer, one of the most gifted non-fiction authors alive' Simon Schama, Financial Times

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD

This is the autobiography that John Aubrey never wrote.

You may not know his name. Aubrey was a modest man, a gentleman-scholar who cared far more for the preservation of history than for his own legacy. But he was a passionate collector, an early archaeologist and the inventor of modern biography.

With all the wit, charm and originality that characterises her subject, Ruth Scurr has seamlessly stitched together John Aubrey's own words to tell his life story and a captivating history of seventeenth-century England unlike any other.

'A game-changer in the world of biography' Mary Beard

'Ingenious' Hilary Mantel

'Irresistible' Philip Pullman

  • Published: 12 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448190874
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

About the author

Ruth Scurr

Ruth Scurr is an historian, biographer and literary critic. She teaches history and politics at Cambridge University, where she is a Lecturer and Fellow of Gonville & Caius College. Her first book, Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution won the Franco-British Society Literary Prize, was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and was listed among the 100 Best Books of the Decade in The Times. She reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, The Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal.

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Praise for Ladder of Years

It is difficult to imagine a writer so prodigiously gifted

Herald

Another winner from Anne Tyler

Independent

Every scene breathes with intimacy. Lifelikeness almost lifts the characters off the page.scintillating with joie de vivre

Sunday Times

Utterly compelling.wonderfully satisfying...virtually flawless

Chicago Tribune

Anne Tyler is a writer of immaculate delicacy

Observer

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