“There’s plenty of marvelous information in the book about what lies beneath London. . . . Ackroyd mines historical anecdotes to great effect. . . . He is not just interested in London’s hidden relics; he’s interested in what they—and the idea of an underground—mean to a culture. London’s underworld is a ‘shadow or replica of the city,’ and it is also a shadow of ourselves and our thoughts, the stuff that’s discovered when we open the trapdoor.”
—The Daily Beast
"Eloquent and visceral."
Praise for London: The Biography
“Magnificent. . . . Succeeds in animating on the page the life of one of the oldest and greatest . . . cities in the world.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“A wonderful book, a treasure of information and anecdote … a book to be taken up again and again for the pleasures that lie within.”
—The Chicago Tribune
“Ackroyd writes in a wonderfully graphic style that carries the reader through historical byways effortlessly.”
—The Denver Post
“A tour de force by a writer of immense skill. . . . A treasure of information and anecdote about one of the world’s great cities, a book to be taken up again and again for the pleasures that lie within.”
—The Seattle Times
“Packed with strange delights and bizarre occurrences. . . . Ackroyd is a writer of memorable, eccentrically rhythmic sentences that one wants to quote at length.”
The way Ackroyd writes is so engaging and deep.
The content of this book could have been formatted as a very long bulleted list of all the underground places of interest and it would have been no less interesting.
Nearly the entire book reads like this, a dry, boring recitation of facts that few people would be interested in.
Perfect background for those planning to visit London. Fast and well written. Ackroyd gives just the right insights to enable us to recognize and appreciate the noted sites when we... Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Miller
Peter Ackroyd has written many glorious and erudite works in his long career, but this is one of his most disappointing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jay Dickson
Very interesting but it became tedious when the author would list off the streets or areas underground tunnels ran under as if I was a London cabbie. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anita K. H. Peterson
There seems to be no subject that Peter Ackroyd can't make sound interesting - and even a bit romantic. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jean Houston
Since my team is building an archaeology model of a section of an earlier time of London, this book served an fascinating background with lots of unique stories and data. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M N
The way Ackroyd writes is so engaging and deep. Who would ever have thought so much could be found underneath London or any city? I read every book of his I can. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dee
Fascinating look at London and its underground environs. Recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little different view of historyPublished 16 months ago by Marty
The book blurb from the FT says this book was "short but fascinating", and I thought that was pretty accurate, except for the "but" as I don't find brevity a problem. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MT57