Thames: The Biography (Google eBook)
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Thames: the biographyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Because he has 30 books and numerous awards under his belt, it's difficult to imagine Ackroyd (London: The Biography) writing a truly bad book, but this one comes perilously close. It's best to dip ... Read full review
Review: Thames: The BiographyUser Review - Meri - Goodreads
The meandering nature of this book turned a lot of reviewers off, but I found it delightful. Ackroyd divides the book into randomly themed chapters (one of my favorites was about severed heads!) and ... Read full review