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Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is the author of London: The Biography; Shakespeare: The Biography, Thames: The Biography; and Venice: Pure City; acclaimed biographies of T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Sir Thomas More; and several successful novels. He has won the Whitbread Book Award for Biography, the Royal Society of Literature’s William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the South Bank Award for Literature.


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Albion
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$19.95/(Canada) | 978-0-385-49773-2 (0-385-49773-3)

With his characteristic enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an inspired look into the heart and the history of the English imagination. To tell the story of its evolution, Ackroyd ranges across literature and painting, philosophy and science, architecture and music, from Anglo-Saxon times to... Read more






The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-47377-6 (0-307-47377-5)

A New York Times Notable Book and
Providence Journal Best Book of the Year

From the incomparable Peter Ackroyd: a brilliant re-imagination of the classic tale that has enthralled readers for nearly two centuries.
 
Victor Frankenstein, a researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley form an unlikely friendship as first-years at Oxford. Shelley challenges...

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Charlie Chaplin
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | October 28, 2014
$25.95/(Canada) | 978-0-385-53737-7 (0-385-53737-9)

A brief yet definitive new biography of one of film's greatest legends: perfect for readers who want to know more about the iconic star but who don't want to commit to a lengthy work.

He was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognizable of... Read more






Chaucer
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | January 2005
$19.95/(Canada) | 978-0-385-50797-4 (0-385-50797-6)

In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet’s works.

Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with... Read more






The Clerkenwell Tales
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$13.95/(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7595-9 (1-4000-7595-5)

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 political intrigues. London, 1399. Sister Clarice, a nun born below Clerkenwell convent, is predicting the death of King Richard II and the demise of... Read more






The Fall of Troy
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2008
$14.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-38649-6 (0-307-38649-X)

In The Fall of Troy, acclaimed novelist and historian Peter Ackroyd creates a fascinating narrative that follows an archaeologist's obsession with finding the ruins of Troy, depicting the blurred line between truth and deception.Obermann, an acclaimed German scholar, fervently believes that his discovery of the ancient ruins of Troy will prove... Read more






The Lambs of London
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2007
$12.95/(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7958-2 (1-4000-7958-6)

From the author of Chatterton and Shakespeare: A Biography comes a gripping novel set in London that re-imagines an infamous 19th-century Shakespeare forgery. Charles and Mary Lamb, who will in time achieve lasting fame as the authors of Tales from Shakespeare for Children, are still living at home, caring for their... Read more






The Life of Thomas More
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 1999
$18.50/(Canada) | 978-0-385-49693-3 (0-385-49693-1)

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. Thomas More (1478-1535) was a renowned statesman; the author of a political fantasy that  gave a name to a literary genre and a worldview (Utopia); and, most... Read more






London Under
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2012
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-307-47378-3 (0-307-47378-3)

In this vividly descriptive short study, Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface.
 
There is a Bronze Age trackway below the Isle of Dogs, Anglo-Saxon graves rest under St. Pauls, and the...

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London
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$22.00/(Canada) | 978-0-385-49771-8 (0-385-49771-7)

Here are two thousand years of London’s history and folklore, its chroniclers and criminals and plain citizens, its food and drink and countless pleasures. Blackfriar’s and Charing Cross, Paddington and Bedlam. Westminster Abbey and St. Martin in the Fields. Cockneys and vagrants. Immigrants, peasants, and punks. The Plague, the Great Fire... Read more






The Plato Papers
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-385-49769-5 (0-385-49769-5)

From the imagination of one of the most brilliant writers of our time and bestselling author of The Life of Thomas More, a novel that playfully imagines how the "modern" era might appear to a thinker seventeen centuries hence.

At the turn of the 38th century, London's greatest orator, Plato, is known... Read more






Poe
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | January 2009
$22.95/(Canada) | 978-0-385-50800-1 (0-385-50800-X)

Gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, and dazzling, the life of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s greatest and most versatile writers, is the ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. Poe wrote lyrical poetry and macabre psychological melodramas; invented the first fictional detective; and produced pioneering works of science fiction and fantasy. His...

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Shakespeare
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2006
$18.95/(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7598-0 (1-4000-7598-X)

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 playwright himself into unusually vivid focus. With characteristic narrative panache, Ackroyd immerses us in sixteenth-century Stratford and the rural landscape–the industry, the animals, even... Read more






Thames
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2009
$21.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38984-8 (0-307-38984-7)

In this perfect companion to London: The Biography, Peter Ackroyd once again delves into the hidden byways of history, describing the river's endless allure in a journey overflowing with characters, incidents, and wry observations. Thames: The Biography meanders gloriously, rather like the river itself. In short, lively chapters Ackroyd writes about... Read more






Three Brothers
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | March 2014
$26.95/(Canada) | 978-0-385-53861-9 (0-385-53861-8)

Rapier-sharp, witty, intriguing, and mysterious: a new novel from Peter Ackroyd set in the London of the 1960s.

Three Brothers follows the fortunes of Harry, Daniel, and Sam Hanway, a trio of brothers born on a postwar council estate in Camden Town. Marked from the start by curious coincidence, each... Read more






Venice
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$21.00/(Canada) | 978-0-307-47379-0 (0-307-47379-1)

Peter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial—a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice, the ultimate city.

The Venetians’ language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land... Read more






Venice
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | November 2010
$37.50/(Canada) | 978-0-385-53152-8 (0-385-53152-4)

Peter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial—a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice, the ultimate city.

The Venetians’ language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land... Read more





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