Ackroyd’s new historical biography and, as with London: The Biography, sure to be a mammoth bestseller.
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Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent books include The Lambs of London; Shakespeare: The Biography; and J.M.W. Turner, the second biography in the Ackroyd Brief Lives series. He has also written full-scale biographies of Dickens, Blake, and Thomas More and the novels The Clerkenwell Tales, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree, Milton in America, and The Plato Papers. He has won the Whitbread Award for Biography, the Royal Society of Literature Award under the William Heinemann Bequest (jointly), the Somerset Maugham Award, the South Bank Award for Literature, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and The Guardian fiction prize. He lives in London.Review:
“A very enjoyable and highly idiosyncratic account of the subject.”–Spectator
“No one is better than Ackroyd at evoking the texture and atmosphere of the distant past. . . . As soon as you open this account of the Thames, you will want to immerse yourself in it.”–Daily Telegraph
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