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Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution
by Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ending with the...
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Categories: History
Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors
by Peter Ackroyd
The first book in Peter Ackroyd's history of England series, which has since been followed up with two more installments, Tudors and Rebellion . In Foundation, the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII....
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Categories: History
London: A Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK 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....
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Categories: History; Travel; World Literature
Revolution: The History of England from the Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo: 4
by Peter Ackroyd
In Revolution , Peter Ackroyd takes readers from William of Orange's accession following the Glorious Revolution to the Regency, when the flamboyant Prince of Wales ruled in the stead of his mad father, George III, and England was—again—at war with France, a war that would end with the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. Late Stuart...
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Categories: History
Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I
by Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental book in his The History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I. Rich in detail and atmosphere, Peter Ackroyd's Tudors is...
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Categories: History
Three Brothers: A Novel
by Peter Ackroyd
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 is forced to make his own...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling
by Peter Ackroyd
A fresh, modern prose retelling captures the vigorous and bawdy spirit of Chaucer’s classic Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern readers while preserving the spirit...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction; Classic Fiction
Alfred Hitchcock
by Peter Ackroyd
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...
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Categories: All Humor; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs
Shakespeare: The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
A TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 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...
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Categories: Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Historical Bios & Memoirs; World Literature
The Trial of Elizabeth Cree
by Peter Ackroyd
A literary star returns with an addictive tale of murder in Victorian London. Peter Ackroyd is "our most exciting and original writer... one of the few English writers of his generation who will be read in a hundred years' time." -- The Sunday Times (London) The Trial Of Elizabeth Cree is without a doubt Peter Ackroyd's breakout...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction
Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life (Ackroyd's Brief Lives Book 5)
by Peter Ackroyd
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 Hollywood faces, even a hundred years after his first film. But...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Historical Bios & Memoirs
London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets
by Peter Ackroyd
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 monastery of...
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Categories: History; Travel
The Life of Thomas More
by 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. 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 famously, a Catholic martyr...
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Categories: All Religion & Spirituality; Bios & Memoirs of Leaders & Notable People; Historical Bios & Memoirs
The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
by Peter Ackroyd
David Wright's prose version of Chaucer's classic.
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction; Classic Fiction; Poetry
J.M.W. Turner: Ackroyd's Brief Lives
by Peter Ackroyd
In this second volume in the Ackroyd’s Brief Lives series, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brings us a man of humble beginnings, crude manners, and prodigious talents, the nineteenth-century painter J. M. W. Turner. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. His father was a barber, and his mother came from a family of...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Historical Bios & Memoirs
Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination
by Peter Ackroyd
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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History; Social Sciences
Venice: Pure City
by Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial -- a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice. 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 in its...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History
The Lambs of London
by Peter Ackroyd
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 dotty and...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Clerkenwell Tales
by 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 political intrigues. London, 1399. Sister Clarice, a nun born below Clerkenwell convent, is predicting the death of King Richard II...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Literary Fiction
Thames: The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History
Poe: A Life Cut Short (Ackroyd's Brief Lives Book 4)
by Peter Ackroyd
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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs
Chaucer: Ackroyd's Brief Lives
by Peter Ackroyd
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 Edward III, and...
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Categories: Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Historical Bios & Memoirs
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein: A Novel
by Peter Ackroyd
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...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
Newton: Ackroyd's Brief Lives
by Peter Ackroyd
When Newton was not yet twenty-five years old, he formulated calculus, hit upon the idea of gravity, and discovered that white light was made up of all the colors of the spectrum. By 1678, Newton designed a telescope to study the movement of the planets and published Principia , a milestone in the history of science, which set forth his...
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Categories: All Nonfiction
The Fall of Troy
by Peter Ackroyd
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...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; Literary Fiction
Milton in America
by Peter Ackroyd
When Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's undisputed literary masters, writes a new novel, it is a literary event. With his last novel, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree , "as gripping and ingenious a murder mystery as you could hope to come across," in the words of the San Francisco Chronicle , he reached a whole new level of critical and...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; Literary Fiction
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