A tour de force in the tradition of Peter Ackroyd's HAWKSMOOR AND CHATTERTON, a gripping novel of betrayal and deceit set in the teeming streets of 19th-century London.
Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames: Sacred River and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.
As always, Ackroyd brings the bustle, stench and hazards of
nineteenth-century London vividly to life and keeps readers on
their toes until the final page * Daily Mail *
A marvellously adroit tale -- Penelope Lively * Independent *
Energetic and clever... The Lambs of London ingeniously combines two fact-based narratives and transforms them into a detective-cum-love story * Daily Telegraph *
Historically animated and emotionally fervent. Ackroyd turns the past into a private phantasmagoria of loving fakes and pungent terrors * Observer *
Clever, subtle and touching, often funny and always highly intelligent. A modern novel that requires a second reading - one which will be even more enjoyable and rewarding than the first * Scotsman *