Search Results: "Peter Ackroyd"


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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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ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ackroyd writes of his enigmatic subject, 'he did not want anyone to come too close.' Alas, readers of this book will not get as close to that subject as they might like."
A celebrated biographer adds to the tall pile of biographies about cinema's master of suspense. Read full book review >

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WILKIE COLLINS by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A compact, pithy, and generous biography of a novelist who found great success despite writing in the age of Dickens, Eliot, and Trollope."
The latest installment in the author's Brief Lives series is dedicated to the popular British novelist Wilkie Collins (1824-1889). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A true history of England tightly focused on the building blocks that made her."
Once again, Ackroyd (London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets, 2011) exhibits his magic touch with the written word, this time with the first in a six-volume history of England. Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEARE by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"Newcomers to Shakespearean studies will find this a good place to start. Those more familiar with the field will find that it palls in comparison to Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World (2004)."
Ackroyd (Chaucer, Jan. 2005, etc.) continues his exploration of his native country's imaginative landscape with a portrait of the life and times of the quintessential English artist. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF THOMAS MORE by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

A vividly evocative portrait of the lawyer and statesman who was "the King's good servant, but God's first," from award- winning biographer and novelist Ackroyd (Blake, 1996; T.S. Eliot, 1984; etc.) 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 >

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THREE BROTHERS by Peter Ackroyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"At times humdrum and perfunctory, at others fantastical, this genre-spanning novel offers lightweight bookish entertainment."
The prize-winning British novelist, biographer and critic's intriguing if inconsistent latest is a stew of family saga, murder mystery, political conspiracy and tableau of London's history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Eloquent and visceral."
The indefatigable expert on the Big Smoke considers the history below London's streets from a historical, mythical and psycho-geographical perspective. Read full book review >

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THE CASEBOOK OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN by Peter Ackroyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"A questionable mishmash of cultural, scientific, literary, psychological and political material gives birth to an atmospheric but unnatural doppelgänger to Shelley's classic."
Prolific literary polymath Ackroyd (Poe, 2009, etc.) rearranges the original gothic horror story of ambition gone awry into a blend of autobiography and history. Read full book review >

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NEWTON by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2008

"A slim but solid introduction, akin to James Gleick's Isaac Newton (2003)."
Compact biography of the great English scientist, the third in Ackroyd's Brief Lives series (Chaucer, 2005; J.M.W. Turner, 2006). 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 >