Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is a renowned British author known for his works of fiction, biographies, and history. He has written extensively on the history and culture of London and has received numerous awards for his literary contributions.


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  1. 1. Hawksmoor

    "Hawksmoor" is a novel that alternates between the 18th century and the 1980s, focusing on two characters both named Nicholas Dyer and Nicholas Hawksmoor. Dyer, an architect in the 18th century, constructs seven churches in London, each with a dark and sinister secret. In the 1980s, Hawksmoor, a detective, investigates a series of murders that occur in the same churches. The narrative explores themes of history, time, architecture, and supernatural elements, creating an eerie and atmospheric tale.

    The 973rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. London: The Biography

    This book is a comprehensive exploration of the city of London, from its ancient origins to the modern era. The author delves into the city's rich history, culture, and unique character, examining its evolution through various lenses such as crime, religion, commerce, education, and entertainment. The narrative is brought to life with fascinating anecdotes, vivid descriptions, and a wealth of historical detail, providing an immersive and engaging portrait of one of the world's most iconic cities.

    The 6492nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Lambs Of London

    The novel is a historical fiction that intertwines the lives of the Lamb siblings, Charles and Mary, with that of antiquarian bookseller William Ireland, set against the backdrop of early 19th-century London. The story delves into the literary world of the time, exploring themes of forgery, obsession, and the desire for fame. As Ireland presents the discovery of previously unknown works by Shakespeare, the Lambs find themselves caught up in the excitement and controversy that ensues, leading to a blend of tragedy and farce that challenges the boundaries between truth and deception in the world of literature.

    The 7059th Greatest Book of All Time