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PETER ACKROYD is the author of London: The Biography, Shakespeare: The Biography, Thames: The Biography, and Venice: Pure City; acclaimed biographies of T. S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Sir Thomas More; and several successful novels. He has won the Whitbread Book Award for Biography, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Somerset Maugham Award, among others.

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"Irresistible. . . . [A] short but fascinating history of the capital beneath the surface." --The Financial Times "Wondrous. . . . Ackroyd follows seemingly all the rivers, streams, pipes, sewers and tunnels that ever crisscrossed the city." --The New York Times Book Review "There is perhaps no other English writer today as dedicated a Londoner as Peter Ackroyd. . . . A memorable homage to [London]." --The San Francisco Chronicle

Beautiful. . . . Each chapter has a vital story full of intriguing detail. . . . Ackroyd writes with his usual enthusiastic flair, and entertains us with chthonic demons and treasures." --The Columbus Dispatch "Relentlessly interesting urban mythology, from unearthed Roman galleys to subterranean Cabinet War Rooms." --New York Daily News "Throughout the book, Ackroyd is not just interested in London's hidden relics; he's interested in what they--and the idea of an underground--mean to a culture. London's underworld is a 'shadow or replica of the city, ' and it is also a shadow of ourselves and our thoughts, the stuff that's discovered when we open the trapdoor." --The Daily Beast "Anyone intrigued by this tumultuous city will devour London Under in a few transporting hours. . . . Packed with revelations. . . . Ackroyd's stylistic brilliance explains why the book remains a rattling good read." --The Independent (London)

"For Peter Ackroyd, the subterranean world holds a potent allure. London Under, his brief account of the capital's catacombs and other murky zones, manages to radiate a dark mystery and sulphur reek. . . . Fascinating. . . . Peter Ackroyd illuminates the shadow world within us all." --The Spectator "With quick, deft stitches he sews the fantastical and the familiar into a macabre sampler of the city that exists beneath the feet of its citizens." --The Times (London) "As ever his research is meticulous, his scope expansive, his writing definitive. Every sentence is delivered with judicial gravity and command. . . . Once again, Ackroyd shares his vision of a mythical city most do not see." --Time Out "For Peter Ackroyd, the subterranean world holds a potent allure. London Under, his brief account of the capital's catacombs and other murky zones, manages to radiate a dark mystery and sulphur reek. . . . Fascinating. . . . Peter Ackroyd illuminates the shadow world within us all." --The Spectator "With quick, deft stitches he sews the fantastical and the familiar into a macabre sampler of the city that exists beneath the feet of its citizens." --The Times (London)

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