Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Much of Peter Ackroyd's work has been concerned with the life and past of London but here, as a culmination, is his definitive account of the city. For him it is an organism with its own laws of growth and change, so this book is a biography rather than a history. Ackroyd reveals the dozens of ways in which the continuity of the city survives - in ward boundaries unchanged since the Middle Ages, in vocabulary and in various traditions - showing London as constantly changing, yet forever the same in essence.
A masterpiece: London: A Biography is the culmination and distillation of Peter Ackroyd's lifelong obsession with the history and topography of London. Vividly anecdotal and brilliantly original. 20010730
"Fizzles with vitality and originality" -- "Sunday Times"
"Marvellous - "the" book about London." -- "Daily Mail"
"Peter Ackroyd was born to write the biography of London...A brilliant book." -- "Sunday Telegraph"
Peter Ackroyd is a best-selling writer of both fiction and non fiction. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award (joint), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Guardian fiction prize. He lives in north London.