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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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 >

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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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VENICE by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A loving yet clear-eyed celebration of the enigmatic icon on the Adriatic."
The indefatigable chronicler of his native England's culture looks overseas to the magical Italian city on a lagoon. Read full book review >