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In this perfect companion to London: The Biography, Peter Ackroyd once again delves into the hidden byways of history, describing the river's endless allure in a journey overflowing with characters, incidents, and wry observations. Thames: The Biography meanders gloriously, rather like the river itself. In short, lively chapters Ackroyd writes about connections between the Thames and such historical figures as Julius Caesar and Henry VIII, and offers memorable portraits of the ordinary men and women who depend upon the river for their livelihoods. The Thames as a source of artistic inspiration comes brilliantly to life as Ackroyd invokes Chaucer, Shakespeare, Turner, Shelley, and other writers, poets, and painters who have been enchanted by its many moods and colors.
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Publishers Weekly Review
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Great ,as usual
Peter Ackroyd. As usual a great author ,one of the best and like "Venice" this is another great book . Now for a wish of him ,that one day he will write in his investigative style a history of the Tudor King & Queens , please ,and then have it also in audio for those long trips . Thanks for another wonderful book .
- Category: History
- Published: Nov 04, 2008
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 528 Pages
- Language: English