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Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is the author of London: The Biography, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination, Shakespeare: The Biography, and Thames: The Biography. He has written acclaimed biographies of T. S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, William Blake, Sir Thomas More, and Charlie Chaplin, as well as 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. His most recent book was a brief biography of Wilkie Collins.

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Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$22.00/0.00(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

Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2017
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-525-43479-5 (0-525-43479-8)

Alfred Hitchcock rigorously controlled his public image, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring out all others. In this gripping short biography, Peter Ackroyd wrests the director’s chair back from the master of control to reveal a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashed a... Read more

The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Adapted by Peter Ackroyd, Illustrated by Ted Stearn, Translated by Peter Ackroyd, Introduction by Peter Ackroyd
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2010
$20.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310617-3 (0-14-310617-1)

"A romp for the ages" (Vanity Fair)now with a graphic cover and deluxe packaging

Renowned novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents it in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to readers while preserving the spirit... Read more

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$17.00/0.00(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 2014
$25.95/0.00(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

Written by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | January 2005
$19.95/0.00(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
$13.95/0.00(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 Death of King Arthur
Written by Thomas Malory, Retold by Peter Ackroyd, Illustrated by Stuart Kolakovic
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 2012
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310695-1 (0-14-310695-3)

Acclaimed biographer Peter Ackroyd vibrantly resurrects the legendary epic of Camelot in this modern adaptation

The names of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad, the sword of Excalibur, and the court of Camelot are as recognizable as any from the world of myth. Although many versions exist of the stories of King... Read more

The Fall of Troy
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2008
$14.95/0.00(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
$12.95/0.00(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
$18.50/0.00(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
$17.00/0.00(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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Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$24.00/0.00(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... Read more

The Plato Papers
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$15.00/0.00(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

Written by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | January 2009
$22.95/0.00(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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Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2006
$19.95/0.00(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...

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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
$26.95/0.00(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 boy... Read more

Written by Peter Ackroyd
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$21.00/0.00(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

Wilkie Collins
Written by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese | Hardcover | October 2015
$25.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-53739-1 (0-385-53739-5)

A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Wilkie Collins, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, two early masterpieces of mystery and detection.

     Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely nearsighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colorful clothes, Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange. But he was... Read more

Barnaby Rudge
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Peter Ackroyd
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 2005
$25.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-26290-5 (0-307-26290-1)

Charles Dickens’s first historical novel–set during the anti-Catholic riots of 1780–is an unparalleled portrayal of the terror of a rampaging mob, seen through the eyes of the individuals swept up in the chaos.

Those individuals include Emma, a Catholic, and Edward, a Protestant, whose forbidden love weaves through the heart of the...

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The Sign of Four
Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edited by Ed Glinert, Introduction by Peter Ackroyd
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$11.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043907-6 (0-14-043907-2)

As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman - Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten... Read more