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Peter Ackroyd (born October 5 1949, London) is an English author.

Ackcroyd's mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm and his father had left home when Ackroyd was a baby. He was reading newspapers at the age of 5 and wrote a play about Guy Fawkes when he was 9. He also first realised he was gay at the age of 7.<ref>Guardian Unlimited story on Peter Ackroyd, Retrieved January 2006</ref>

Ackroyd won a double first in English at Clare College, Cambridge as an undergraduate and was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University, in the United States.

His career started in poetry, including works such as London Lickpenny (1973) and The Diversions of Purley (1987). He later moved into fiction and has become an acclaimed author, including shortlisting for the Booker Prize in 1987.

Ackroyd worked at The Spectator magazine between 1973 and 1977 and became joint managing editor in 1978. He was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984 and is currently a regular radio broadcaster and book critic.

Ackroyd has always shown a great interest in the city of London and one of his most recent works, London: The Biography, is an extensive and thorough discussion of London through the ages. In 2002 he followed this with his most scholarly work yet, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination, being a work of intellectual history that traces themes in English culture from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present.

From 2003 to 2005, Ackroyd wrote a six-book non-fiction series (Voyages Through Time), intended for readers as young as eight. This was his first work for children. The criticallly acclaimed series (Not just sound-bite snacks for short attention spans, but unfolding feasts that leave you with a sense of wonder, Sunday Times) is an extensive narrative of key periods in world history.


[edit] Works

[edit] Fiction

  • The Great Fire of London1982
  • The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde1983
  • Hawksmoor1985
  • Chatterton1987 (shortlisted for the Booker Prize, 1987)
  • First Light1989
  • English Music1992
  • The House of Doctor Dee1993
  • Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem1994 (also published as The Trial of Elizabeth Cree)
  • Milton in America1996
  • The Plato Papers1999
  • The Clerkenwell Tales2003
  • The Lambs of London2004
  • The Fall of Troy2006

[edit] Adult Non-fiction

  • Notes for a New Culture: An Essay on Modernism1976
  • Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag: The History of an Obsession1979
  • T. S. Eliot; A Life1984
  • Dickens' London: An Imaginative Vision – 1987
  • The Life of Thomas More – 1988
  • Ezra Pound and his World – 1989
  • Dickens1990
  • An Introduction to Dickens1991
  • Blake1996
  • London: The Biography2000
  • Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination2002
  • Shakespeare: The Biography2005

[edit] Children's non-fiction (Voyages Through Time series)

  • The Beginning2003
  • Escape From Earth2004
  • Kingdom of the Dead2004
  • Cities of Blood2004
  • Ancient Greece2005
  • Ancient Rome2005

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[edit] Television / documentary

BBC unless otherwise noted

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[edit] References

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