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A magnificent achievement, SHAKESPEARE will command popular success, scholarly acclaim and vast sales - truly comparable to 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.
"'It really is a stupendous achievement -Peter Ackroyd back at the height of his powers -a tour de force -I thought this was absolutely tremendous'" -- Phil Baker The Sunday Times, and first reader of the draft typescript