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London: The Biography is the pinnacle of Peter Ackroyd's brilliant obsession with the eponymous city. In this unusual and engaging work, Ackroyd brings the listener through time into the city whose institutions and idiosyncrasies have permeated much of his works of fiction and nonfiction. 

Peter Ackroyd sees London as a living, breathing organism, with its own laws of growth and change. Reveling in the city's riches as well as its raucousness, the author traces thematically its growth from the time of the Druids to the beginning of the 21st century. Anecdotal, insightful, and wonderfully entertaining, London is animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past, as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London, whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens. 

London confirms Ackroyd's status as what one critic has called "our age's greatest London imagination."

©2000 Peter Ackroyd (P)2020 Tantor

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I will never be uncomfortable in London.

First of all I would like to thank Nigel for his unerring narrative throughout this arduous and perilous journey through the pillars and troughs, gardens and dungeons of this 2000 year town called London. My own family emigrated to London around the reign of George the 1st from the Wear River region, hence my middle name George and family name of Wear.

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Great Book

Narration was good and this book is full of solid history and is superbly writtten. Good Job, Peter Ackroyd