Peter Ackroyd

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In brief: The English Actor; Cursed Bread; The Restless Republic – reviews
A woolly history of stage acting; a sensuous tale of deadly obsession in a French town; and a seminal exploration of Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate

Alexander Larman

19, Mar, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Book clinic: can you recommend enjoyable fiction set in the past?
From Sarah Dunant’s eye for detail to Peter Ackroyd’s ear for period dialogue, fiction anchored in the past varies in character

SJ Parris

05, Oct, 2019 @5:00 PM

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Top 10 books about the River Thames
From bucolic source to marshy lower reaches, London’s mighty river has inspired great writing

Caroline Crampton

26, Jun, 2019 @12:40 PM

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Top 10 books about building cities | Jonathan Carr
From Mary Beard’s Roman history to Kim Stanley Robinson’s science fiction, Jonathan Carr chooses the best writing about citizens’ eternal challenges

Jonathan Carr

13, Mar, 2019 @12:25 PM

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What's great about The Limehouse Golem? Glorious Victorian London grime
Smoke-blackened brick, the soot, the fog … Starring Bill Nighy, the film adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel is a reminder that London is a Victorian city and its pea soupers and shadowy figures are made for cinema

Nicholas Lezard

08, Sep, 2017 @1:00 PM

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The Limehouse Golem review – dirty deeds done dead well
Bill Nighy’s detective leads a fine cast in this deliciously atmospheric adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s Victorian murder mystery

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

03, Sep, 2017 @8:00 AM

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The Limehouse Golem review – lurid but literate Victorian serial-killer melodrama | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week
Bill Nighy plays the detective in this racy, feminist look at pre-Ripper London, cleverly adapted from Peter Ackroyd’s novel by Jane Goldman

Peter Bradshaw

31, Aug, 2017 @2:30 PM

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Jane Goldman: 'The only way Hit-Girl could be not sexualised was by being 11'
The Kick-Ass and Kingsman screenwriter on how the late Alan Rickman influenced her new film, The Limehouse Golem, and how her daughters empowered her views on gender politics

Alex Godfrey

25, Aug, 2017 @5:00 AM

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Book reviews roundup: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness; Between Them: Remembering my Parents; Queer City
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy; Between Them: Remembering my Parents by Richard Ford; Queer City by Peter Ackroyd

the Guardian

09, Jun, 2017 @5:00 PM

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Queer City by Peter Ackroyd review – a celebration of gay London
The capital’s great chronicler delineates in eye-popping detail the topography of queer desire across the city, from 14th-century brothels to chemsex

Simon Callow

31, May, 2017 @6:30 AM

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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day by Peter Ackroyd – review
Ackroyd’s history of gay culture in the capital is entertaining but sexes up the facts

Neil Bartlett

29, May, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Peter Ackroyd: A secret history – 2,000 years of gay life in London
The prolific biographer, historian and novelist returns to familiar territory with a gay history of the city

Andrew Dickson

20, May, 2017 @10:00 AM

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