London: The Concise Biography
"An abridged edition of Peter Ackroyd s magisterial biography of the city of London Prize-winning historian, novelist and broadcast, Peter Ackroyd takes us on a journey historical, geographical and imaginative through the city of London. Moving back and forth through time, Ackroyd is an effortless, exuberant guide to times of plague and pestilence, fire and floods, crime and punishment, and sex and theatre. He brings the ever changing streets alive for the reader and shows us what lies beneath our feet and above our heads. His biography is as rich in detail and fizzing with vitality as the city itself."
An abridged edition of Peter Ackroyd's magisterial biography of the city of London
"Peter Ackroyd was born to write the biography of London." - "Sunday Telegraph" "Peter Ackroyd is the greatest living chronicler of London." - "Independent"
Peter Ackroyd is the author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More and of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.