• by Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by Simon Callow
  • 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Thames has been a highway, a frontier, and an attack route; it has been a playground and a sewer, a source of water, and a source of power. Every stretch has its own character, atmosphere, and stories. Thames: Sacred River explores the river from source to sea. Peter Ackroyd, best-selling author of London: The Biography, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived on and by it over the centuries. In the third and final part, Shadows and Depths, Ackroyd turns his attention to the river as a source of pleasure and healing, to the poetry and art that have been inspired by it, to the scenes that mark the end of its journey.


What the Critics Say

"Give Ackroyd the single word 'Thames' and he will leave no aspect of this subject unexplored: its history, geology, bridges, tides,social and political significance, literary and religious references, fish, music, customs - 'never wear diamonds in a boat'." (The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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Brilliantly written and read.

I've enjoyed all of the books written by this author and read by Simon callow. His books have a poetic quality which is enhanced by Simon callow's performance.
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- Dwiver

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-08-2007
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks