Search Results: "Peter Ackroyd"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"All chroniclers of popular history should be required to study Ackroyd's writing, his methodology, and the totality of his treatment of his subjects."
Ackroyd (Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day, 2017, etc.) fans rejoice! The fourth volume of the author's History of England series has arrived. Read full book review >