London the biography is a 2000 non fiction book by peter ackroyd published by chatto windus content ackroyds work following his previous work on london in one form or another is a history of the city it is chronologically wide in scope proceeding from the period . London the biography by peter ackroyd differs from london the autobiography by lewis in that the latter is a collection of writings about london by time period in ackroyds biography of london the chapters are arranged by time period with historical information maps drawings and some quotations. London the biography is a junkshop of the heart more or less peter ackroyds heart or the heart of anyone else who has fallen in love with londons 2000 year history its transformations its theatricality its poverty its wit its preposterousness its influence on the english language. For ackroyds london is a living organism with its own laws of growth and change so london is the biography as the book is subtitled not a history here ackroyd portrays london from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty first century noting magnificence in each age but this is not a simple chronological record. Novelist and biographer ackroyd the plato papers ts eliot etc offers a huge enthralling biography of the city of londonthe reader segues through this litany of lists and anthology of
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