• London

  • The Biography, Street Life and the People
  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-11-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (54 ratings)

Summary

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. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens. 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". Street Life and the People vividly describes the everyday activities and concerns of Londoners. Particular areas of interest include customs, food, drink, entertainment, sex, crime, and punishment.
©2000 Peter Ackroyd (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks
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"Peter Ackroyd was born to write the biography of London....A brilliant book" ( Sunday Telegraph)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Farah on 18-03-15

Always with us

Interesting, though given the subject matter - the life of the poor in the great city - inevitably repetitive. From Roman times to the twenty first century the association of poverty with crime, sexual exploitation , and punishment are described using the words and experiences of contemporary witnesses. An interesting survey of a never changing reality which includes some curious changes in attitudes and tolerance through the period.

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3 out of 5 stars
By RELish on 10-07-18

Comprehensive, detailed

Very detailed and comprehensive. Simon Callow is great, but I'd hoped it would start at the very beginning of London and work more chronologically to present day. It seemed to focus more on 17thC and 18thC.

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