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Peter Ackroyd
London, England, UK
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Author Biography: Ackroyd attended Clare College, Cambridge as an undergraduate and was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University. His career started in poetry, including works such as London Lickpenny (1973) and The Diversions of Purley (1987). He later moved into fiction and has become an acclaimed author, including short-listing for the Booker Prize in 1987.

Ackroyd has always shown a great interest in the City of London and one of his most recent works, London: The Biography, is an extensive and thorough discussion of London through the ages. In 2002 he followed this with the monumental cultural history of England, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination.

Ackroyd worked at The Spectator magazine between 1973 and 1977 and became joint managing editor in 1978. He was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984 and is currently a regular radio broadcaster and book critic.

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