Ackroyd, Peter

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The English Actor: From Medieval to Modern

Magnificent writing, but for a very niche audience.

Revolution: The Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo

Author of award-winning fiction, poetry, biography, and history, Ackroyd presents the fourth volume in a series unfolding the story of England...

Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life

This entertaining biography is concise but strong on biographical detail and film analysis, with just enough gossipy anecdotes to satisfy Hitchcock's fans and anyone interested in film history. ["[Ackroyd] does a fine job of discussing the positives and negatives, as well as behind-the-scenes stories, and even technological innovations for each film": LJ 8/16 review of the Doubleday hc.]

Alfred Hitchcock

Not only are film buffs obvious candidates as potential readers, but also 20th-century historians, early British and American film enthusiasts, suspense and mystery aficionados, and photographers. Part biography and part film criticism, this is a worthy addition to all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 4/3/16.]

Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life

Ackroyd's approachable narrative and the book's near-pocket size will appeal to Collins fans (and time-pressed students), but no new research is presented, therefore limiting the book's appeal to large public and academic libraries only.

Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

This compelling story full of incident will be enjoyed by all history lovers, especially those with an interest in England.

Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life

Award-winning author Ackroyd exposes the hidden truths in Chaplin's life that help us to understand the artist both personally and professionally. An exceptional read for those who love Chaplin, film, history, and gossip. [See Prepub Alert, 5/4/14.]

Three Brothers

Ackroyd betrays a bleak view of humanity in his London of the swinging Sixties, populated by scheming, greedy murderers. With overtones of Greek tragedy and Charles Dickens, this is a literary and engrossing parable and a loving tribute to London in all its depravity. [See Prepub Alert, 9/9/13.]

Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I.

A weightier and more focused read than Leanda de Lisle's study, below, this work should be of particular interest to those seeking an in-depth look at the religious changes of the Tudor period and the complex and often violent ways in which religious upheaval intertwined with politics.

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