The Thames Box Set

The Thames Box Set

CD-Audio

By (author) Peter Ackroyd, Read by Simon Callow

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  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Format: CD-Audio | 12 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 144mm x 75mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846570557
  • ISBN 13: 9781846570551
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 1,436,088

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The Thames has been a highway, a frontier and an attack route; it has been a playground and a sewer, a source of water and a source of power. Every stretch has its own character, atmosphere and stories. Idealised images of English life - thatched cottages, village greens and hedged fields - were born from the landscape of the Thames. Thames: Sacred River explores the river from source to sea - from flora and fauna, hauntings and suicides to paintings and photographs it has inspired. Peter Ackroyd, bestselling author of London: The Biography, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived on and by it over the centuries, uncovering fascinating and sometimes surprising facts and details as he delves into the river's geology, history, trade, weather and architecture as well as its people, literature, landscapes, mythology and magic.

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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; The Thames 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.