Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Just as Peter Ackroyd's bestselling London is the biography of the city, "Thames: Sacred River" is the biography of the river, from sea to source. Exploring its history from prehistoric times to the present day, the reader is drawn into an extraordinary world, learning about the fishes that swam in the river and the boats that plied its surface; about floods and tides; hauntings and suicides; miasmas and malaria; locks, weirs and embankments; bridges, docks and palaces. Peter Ackroyd has a genius for digging out the most surprising and entertaining details, and for writing about them in the most magisterial prose; the result is a wonderfully readable and captivating guide to this extraordinary river and the towns and villages which line it.
Thames: Sacred River displays the same qualities as London: the biography: scholarship, wit, discursiveness, lovely descriptive writing, anecdotes, spirit of place, narrative and character. This hugely enjoyable book is packed with fascinating facts and insights: it will be another mammoth bestseller.
"A very enjoyable and highly idiosyncratic account of the subject."-"Spectator"
"No one is better than Ackroyd at evoking the texture and atmosphere of the distant past. . . . As soon as you open this account of the Thames, you will want to immerse yourself in it."-"Daily Telegraph"
Peter Ackroyd was born and brought up in London, where he still lives. A prolific prize-winning novelist, historian and biographer, he has a CBE for services to literature. His ground-breaking book London: the biography has spawned many imitators; Thames: Sacred River is in the same league, equally innovative, idiosyncratic and wide-ranging. London: the biography sold 125,000 copies in Chatto hardback and 250,000 copies in Vintage paperback. First published in 2000, it is still going strong, selling 10,000 copies in 2006 and 15,000 copies in 2005.