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  • ENGLISH

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  • 512

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  • 9780330544283

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  • 3 mm

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  • 13 mm

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  • 402 gram

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  • PAPERBACK

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  • 13 FEBRUARY 2012

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    Having written enthralling biographies of London and of its great river, the Thames, Peter Ackroyd now turns to England itself. This first volume of six takes us from the time that England was first settled, more than 15,000 years ago, to the death in 1509 of the first Tudor monarch, Henry VII. In it, Ackroyd takes us from Neolithic England, which we can only see in the mos Having written enthralling biographies of London and of its great river, the Thames, Peter Ackroyd now turns to England itself. This first volume of six takes us from the time that England...  Read More

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    Peter Ackroyd

    Peter Ackroyd CBE is an English novelist and biographer with a particular interest in the history and culture of London.

    Peter Ackroyds mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby. He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes. Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age of 7.

    Ackroyd was educated at St. Benedicts, Ealing and at Clare College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a double first in English. In 1972, he was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University in the United States. The result of this fellowship was Ackroyds Notes for a New Culture, written when he was only 22 and eventually published in 1976. The title, a playful echo of T. S. Eliots Notes Towards the Definition of Culture (1948), was an early indication of Ackroyds penchant for creatively exploring and reexamining the works of other London-based writers.

    Ackroyds literary career began with poetry, including such works as London Lickpenny (1973) and The Diversions of Purley (1987). He later moved into fiction and has become an acclaimed author, winning the 1998 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the biography Thomas More and being shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987.

    Ackroyd worked at The Spectator magazine between 1973 and 1977 and became joint managing editor in 1978. In 1982 he published The Great Fire of London, his first novel. This novel deals with one of Ackroyds great heroes, Charles Dickens, and is a reworking of Little Dorrit. The novel set the stage for the long sequence of novels Ackroyd has produced since, all of which deal in some way with the complex interaction of time and space, and what Ackroyd calls the spirit of place. It is also the first in a sequence of novels of London, through which he traces the changing, but curiously consistent nature of the

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