The Clerkenwell Tales Peter Ackroyd

From the foremost contemporary chronicler of London's history, a suspenseful novel that ingeniously draws on Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales to recreate the city's 14th century religious and politic...

The Lambs of London Peter Ackroyd

Mary Lamb is confined by the restrictions of domesticity: her father is losing his mind, her mother watchful and hostile.

It is no surprise when Mary falls for the booksellers son, antiquaria...

Chatterton Peter Ackroyd

In this remarkable detective novel Peter Ackroyd investigates the death of Thomas Chatterton, the eighteenth-century poet-forger and genius, whose life ended under mysterious circumstances.

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The Life of Thomas More Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd's The Life of Thomas More is a masterful reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures of history.

In Ackroyd's hands, this renowned "man for ...

The Fall of Troy Peter Ackroyd

Sophia passes his test, and soon she is tying canvas sacking to her legs so that she can kneel on the hard ground in the trench, removing the earth methodically, identifying salient points, lifting...

Thames: Sacred River Peter Ackroyd

It covers history from prehistoric times to the present; the flora of the river; paintings and photographs inspired by the Thames; its geology, smells and colour; its literature, laws and landscape...

The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde Peter Ackroyd

Na een pijnlijke veroordeling wegens homoseksualiteit en zijn verblijf in een Engelse gevangenis leefde Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) de laatste vier maanden van zijn leven in Parijs.

Hoewel zijn l...

The Trial of Elizabeth Cree Peter Ackroyd

We experience the sights and sounds of the English music halls, smell the smells of London slums, hear the hooves of horses on the cobblestone streets, and attend the trial of Elizabeth Cree, a wom...

Venice: Pure City Peter Ackroyd

In this sumptuous vision of Venice, Peter Ackroyd turns his unparalleled skill at evoking place from London and the River Thames, to Italy and the city of myth, mystery and beauty, set like a jewel...

First Light Peter Ackroyd

First Light begins with an ominous coincidence: the reappearance of the ancient night sky during the excavation of an astronomically aligned Neolithic grave in Dorset.

Add to this a group of ...

T.S. Eliot Peter Ackroyd

In the twentieth century, no Anglo-American poet or critic has matched the influence of Thomas Stearns Eliot.

Despite his political and religious conservatism, Eliot was among the most innova...

Shakespeare: The Biography Peter Ackroyd

Drawing on an exceptional combination of skills as literary biographer, novelist, and chronicler of London history, Peter Ackroyd surely re-creates the world that shaped Shakespeare--and brings the...

London: The Biography Peter Ackroyd

London: The Biography is the pinnacle of Peter Ackroyds brilliant obsession with the eponymous city.

Peter Ackroyd sees London as a living, breathing organism, with its own laws of growth and...

The House of Doctor Dee Peter Ackroyd

This novel centres on the famous 16th-century alchemist and astrologer John Dee. Reputedly a black magician, he was imprisoned by Queen Mary for allegedly attempting to kill her through sorcery. Wh...

English Music Peter Ackroyd

In post-World War I London, on the stage of the out-of-the-way Chemical Theatre, Clement Harcombe and his young, mother son, Timothy, perform acts of spiritual healing, their visionary skills lifti...

Poe: A Life Cut Short Peter Ackroyd

Edgar Allan Poe served as a soldier and began his literary career composing verses modelled on Byron; soon he was trying out his 'prose-tales' - often horror melodramas such as The Fall of the Hous...

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein Peter Ackroyd

When two nineteenth-century Oxford studentsVictor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelleyform an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only com...

Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd

'There is no Light without Darknesse and no Substance without Shaddowe'So proclaims Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Sir Christopher Wren and man with a commission to build seven London churches to stan...