The Thames Box Set

The Thames Box Set

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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.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 12 pages
  • 127 x 144 x 75mm | 540g
  • Cornerstone
  • Random House Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • 1846570557
  • 9781846570551
  • 1,823,472

About Peter Ackroyd

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.show more

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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.show more

Review Text

"This Biography of the great river seems even more Protean than the Thamse itself. Every minute is packed with multi-layered musings, explorations and anecdotes that range from sacrificial severed heads to Dodgson taking Alice Liddell boating. Ackroyd's facts can become lists; his etymology intriguing rather than convincing (Thames linked to the Indian river Tamasa, 'dark and holy' in Sanskirt?); his vocabulary precious (piscators; his insistent use of the adjective riverine). His writing is as gorgeous as a Persian carpet. And what a stylish partnership is Ackroyd and Callow! Callow's voice makes splendid theatre, complementing Ackroyd's flamboyance."show more

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737 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 26% (192)
4 40% (297)
3 24% (176)
2 8% (56)
1 2% (16)
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