Search Results: "Peter Ackroyd"


BOOK REVIEW

PETER by Kate Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"David, a wiser head, comfortable with his preference, one who can offer physical affection without sexual overtones; and, in Peter, a realistically distressed teenager who is finally able to muster enough perspective to weather his crisis. (Fiction. YA)"
When he finds himself attracted to his older brother's gay friend David, Peter is plunged into the kind of sexual uncertainty many young men feel. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A comprehensive look at Chaplin the man but lacking as a portrait of the artist and his legacy."
The life of a great filmmaker and lousy human being. Read full book review >

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POE by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"Necessarily sketchy, but often insightful, sometimes stunning."
Latest entry in the prolific biographer's Brief Lives series sketches a tormented existence begun in misery, ended in mystery. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF TROY by Peter Ackroyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"An entertaining, at times over-the-top historical pastiche, from a veteran yarn-spinner who Knows the Territory."
The life of archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890) is boldly fictionalized in the industrious British author's latest (The Lambs of London, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"A learned, eye-opening survey of the 'mixed style' that shaped a nation's culture and self-image. (70 pp. color and b&w illustrations)"
A vast and rich panorama encompassing English literature, philosophy, science, art, and music. Read full book review >

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BLAKE by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"Not the least part of Ackroyd's accomplishment is to have limited himself to 416 pages—enough, and (to paraphrase Blake), assuredly not too much. (16 pages b&w illustrations, 24 pages color illustrations, 73 text illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Ackroyd's biography of William Blake represents an achievement of composite method fully in the poet's own spirit—it's a work so sensitive to its subject, it seems to have conjured him from the beyond. Read full book review >

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TUDORS by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A solid multivolume popular history: readable, entirely nonrevisionist and preoccupied by politics, religion and monarchs—a worthy rival to Winston Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples."
Prolific British novelist, biographer and critic Ackroyd launches the second volume of his sweeping history less than two years after beginning with Foundation (2012). Read full book review >

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THAMES by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Riverine structure, lovely and liquid language."
Meandering journey along the rivers Thames with the eloquent and prolific Ackroyd (Newton, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CLERKENWELL TALES by Peter Ackroyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2004

"Thoroughly captivating: the whole medieval panorama re-achieved by a modern, with all the atmosphere of the old."
The erudite and entertaining Ackroyd brings 1380s London to life all over again, with many a nod to The Canterbury Tales. Read full book review >

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LONDON by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"Somewhat rarefied, but a splendid tribute to the great metropolis."
An impressionistic history of England's capital city, by British novelist/biographer Ackroyd (The Plato Papers, 2000, etc.), who knows his subject well and writes about it with considerable passion. Read full book review >

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DICKENS by Peter Ackroyd
Released: Feb. 4, 1990

In this monumental, 1184-page biography, Dickens has acquired a contemporary voice. Read full book review >

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REBELLION by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Appropriately detailed, beautifully written story of the Stuarts' rise and fall—will leave readers clamoring for the further adventures awaiting England in the 18th century."
Biographer, historian and novelist Ackroyd (Three Brothers, 2014, etc.) continues his History of England series with the third of six proposed volumes. Read full book review >