London : The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Many Peter Ackroyd, was concerned with the life and past of London, but here, at the high point, is his final account of the city.For him, it is a living organism, with its own laws of growth and change, so that London is a biography rather than a story.It differs from other stories, too, in the range and diversity of its content.Ackroyd depicts London from the Druids’ era to the early twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both eras, but this is not a mere chronological register.There are chapters on the history of silence and the history of light, the history of childhood and suicide, the history of Cockney’s story of speech and the history of drinking.London is perhaps the most important study of the city ever written, and confirms Ackroyd’s status as what one critics called “at our age the greatest London imagination”.”
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