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London : the biography

Author: Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"London is perhaps the most important study of the city ever written, and confirms Ackroyd's status as what one critic has called "our age's greatest London imagination. Much of Peter Ackroyd's work has been concerned with the life and past of London but this new work is his definitive account of the city. For Ackroyd, London is a living organism, with its own laws of growth and change, thus the subtitle A Biography  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
London.
London : Chatto & Windus, 2000
(OCoLC)606412237
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1856197166 9781856197168
OCLC Number: 45325918
Description: xxiii, 822 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The city as body --
From prehistory to 1066 --
The Early Middle Ages --
London contrasts --
The late medieval city --
Onward and upward --
Trading streets and trading parishes --
A London neighbourhood --
London as theatre --
Pestilence and flame --
After the Fire --
Crime and punishment --
Voracious London --
London as crowd --
The natural history of London --
Night and day --
London's radicals --
Violent London --
Black magic, white magic --
A fever of building --
London's rivers --
Under the ground --
Victorian megalopolis --
London's outcasts --
Women and children --
Continuities --
East and south --
The centre of empire --
After the Great War --
Blitz --
Refashioning the city --
Cockney visionaries.
Responsibility: Peter Ackroyd.
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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  Read more...

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"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." -- Read more...

 
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