Kate Loveman is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Leicester. She works on Restoration and early eighteenth-century literature and history, with particular interests in reading practices, collecting, and social networks. She has written extensively on the life and papers of Samuel Pepys, including a monograph, Samuel Pepys and His Books: Reading, Newsgathering and Sociability, 1660-1703 (2015). Her publications also  include Reading Fictions: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture 1660–1740 (2008), and articles on topics ranging from Daniel Defoe’s works  to seventeenth-century chocolate.