ENGLAND - London Under - Peter Ackroyd



— Financial Times

His research is meticulous, his scope expansive and his writing definitive.

— Time Out

When someone says 'the underground', most people who visit London immediately think of the London Tube. Not so for Peter Ackroyd. While he has spent a lifetime writing about above ground London, in London Under, the award-winning novelist, as well as broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian turns his efforts towards everything that goes on 'under London', sharing his vision of a mythical city that most do not see.

London Under is a comprehensive introduction to everything that goes on in London down under, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheatres to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts and, of course, modern Underground stations. This book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures, both real and fictional, that dwell in the darkness - rats and eels, monsters and ghosts.

From the Anglo-Saxon graves under St Paul's, to the hydraulic device in Kensal Green cemetery which lowered bodies into the catacombs below, to the fossils uncovered when the Victoria Line was built and the gold bars within the Bank of England's vaults, London Under takes you into a hidden world, beneath our feet.

As with all other Peter Ackroyd efforts, his meticulous research provides an absorbing history of those parts of the capital that lie beneath our feet connecting the past, present and future.

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  • Condition: New with glued binding
  • Edition: Paperback - Published November 13, 2012
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307473783
  • Pages: 228
  • Rating:★★★★ (See FAQs)
  • Peter Ackroyd is the prolific author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More and of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography;  Thames: Sacred River, and Shakespeare; The Biography, among others. 
  • He is at work on the third and fourth books of a six-volume “History of England,” which aims to tell the whole story of the sceptered isle, from prehistory to the present. (The first volume, Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudorswas published in the United States in 2012. Volume 2, Tudors: The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth, is out in Britain and is to be published in the U.S.
  • He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, 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 Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.
  • Arts & Letters: Peter Ackroyd's London Calling - The New York Times


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