Peter Ackroyd





Peter Ackroyd


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in East Acton, London, The United Kingdom
October 05, 1949

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Peter Ackroyd CBE is an English novelist and biographer with a particular interest in the history and culture of London.

Peter Ackroyd's mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby. He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes. Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age of 7.

Ackroyd was educated at St. Benedict's, Ealing and at Clare College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a double first in English. In 1972, he was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University in the United States. The result of this fellowship was Ackroyd's Notes for a New Culture, written when he was only 22 and eventually published in 1976. The
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His marriage was sexless – ‘that’s why they call me the celibated director’. He slapped Joan Fontaine and left Grace Kelly covered in bruises. And he made a very indecent proposal to Tippi Hedren. A brilliant new book by Peter Ackroyd gets to the heart of Alfred Hitchcock’s cruelly controlling...
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“And when I was young, did I ever tell you, I always wanted to get inside
a book and never come out again? I loved reading so much I wanted
to be a part of it, and there were some books I could have stayed in
for ever.”
Peter Ackroyd, First Light
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“The world is a sea in which we all must surely drown.”
Peter Ackroyd, English Music

“I have liv'd long enough for others, like the Dog in the Wheel, and it is now the Season to begin for myself: I cannot change that Thing call'd Time, but I can alter its Posture and, as Boys do turn a looking-glass against the Sunne, so I will dazzle you all.”
Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor

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Addendum: Since we only usually get about 11 or so votes each time, I'm going to close this poll and put up a tie-breaker poll for Unbroken and The Ancestor's Tale.

September is now officially a non-fiction month for genre so it's time to vote for our September read. Last day to vote will be Saturday, August 9. (Non-Fiction will no longer be present in our regular monthly genre polls)

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