Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.
London is perhaps the most important study of the city ever written, and confirms Ackroyd's status as what one critic has called "our age's greatest London imagination".
Foundations tells the story of London's formation and physical conception, it's early growth and character.
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One of the best books about London
This is one of the best books about London I've ever read (and re-read). After this, you really ought to seek out Iain Sinclair's 'Light Out For The Territory' and 'London Orbital', to complete the picture.
beautifully read and fascinating content but most disappointed you only get a limited number of chapters
The price of everything
Ridiculous pricing strategy. This vaunted book is essentially pay-per-chapter.