Thames: The Biography (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 4, 2008 - History - 528 pages
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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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Thames: the biography

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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

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User 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

Contents

The Tributes
7
glemental and Equal
17
The Trade of the World
24
The River of lmmensity
115
Steam and Speed
203
Drink Your Fill
247
The Healing Water 287
284
An Alternative Topography from Source to
444
Index
452
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About the author (2008)

PETER ACKROYD is the author of London: The Biography, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination, and Shakespeare: The Biography; acclaimed biographies of T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Sir Thomas More; thirteen novels; and the series Ackroyd’s Brief Lives. He has won the Whitbread Book Award for Biography, the Royal Society of Literature’s William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the South Bank Award for Literature. He lives in London.


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