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Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers Thames: Sacred River and London: The Biography. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.

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A masterful assessment of a period that saw change in every area of life * History Revealed *
It is Ackroyd's depiction of an anxious society in the grip of rapid change - industrialisation, fast urbanisation, the impact of the railway and the electric telegraph - that is the most riveting ... fascinating * The Times *
Ackroyd makes history accessible to the layman -- Ian Thomson * Independent *
Ackroyd is a fascinating mix of a nineteenth-century narrative historian and modern social analyst -- Gerard de Groot * The Times *
Ackroyd's trademark insight and wit, and the glorious interconnectedness of all things, permeate each page * Observer *
Ackroyd writes with such lightly worn erudition and a deceptive ease that he never fails to engage * Daily Telegraph *

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