Much of Peter Ackroyd's work has been concerned with the life and past of London but here, as a culmination, is his definitive account of the city. For him it is a living organism, with its own laws of growth and change, so London is a biography rather than a history. It differs from other histories, too, in the range and diversity of its contents. Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the Druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. There are chapters on the history of silence and the history of light, the history of childhood and the history of suicide, the history of Cockney speech and the history of drink.
London is perhaps the most important study of the city ever written, and confirms Ackroyd's status as what one critic has called 'our age's greatest London imagination.'
"It would be no exaggeration to say that Peter Ackroyd's 'biography' of our capital is the book about London. It contains a lifetime of reading and research-but this huge book is light and airy and playful-[He] leads us on a journey both historical and geographical, but also imaginative. Every street, alley and courtyard has a story, and Ackroyd brings it to life for us - marvellous" A N Wilson Daily Mail
Peter Ackroyd wurde 1949 in London geboren. Er studierte Literaturwissenschaft in Yale und Cambridge und arbeitete viele Jahre für den »Spectator« und die »Times«. Ackroyd ist einer der namhaftesten britischen Gegenwartsautoren («Neue Zürcher Zeitung«). Er veröffentlichte zahlreiche Romane und Biographien und erhielt den Somerset Maugham Award, den Guardian Fiction Prize und den Whitbread Award.