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The Great Fire of London Paperback – 1 Apr 1993

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014017110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140171105
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Ackroyd is the author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More and of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. 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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun 2004
Format: Paperback
Having read most Ackroyd novels (and loving them!!!) I was a bit disappointed after reading this one. The style is there and everything, but the story doesn't quite gel. You can't expect Ackroyd to produce books like "Chatterton" and "First Light" on a daily basis, but he can certainly write better books than "the Great Fire of London", which in fact he did. This novel is for hardcore fans only, definitely not for Ackroyd newbies.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
Ackroyd's first novel outlines many of the themes that he has explored since in his prolific output. At the centre of things, the city of London, the interweaving of past and present, high literary content with reference to Dickens, and a ragbag collection of eccentric, unlikeable characters who wander through the story in rather haphazard style.

Just what the book is about is open to several interpretations, but at least at 167 pages it is blissfully short - unlike much of Ackroyd's later outpourings. As a novelist, his books are quite hard work to read, and ideas jump around all over the place - a style of writing that was certainly established here in this opening novel.

Critical acclaim abounds on the paperback edition - frankly these days as a first novel it probably wouldn't get accepted.
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Action! 3 Sep 2009
By Dick Johnson - Published on
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The making of a movie about Dickens' "Little Dorrit" is the story around which the events of this short book revolve. The cast of characters even seem to have come from Dickens. Ackroyd is a biographer of and authority on Dickens, so it's no surprise that he should write a novel in his style - albeit many of hundreds of pages lighter.

All of the events figure, at least indirectly, in the filming of the movie. We have a director who is trying to get it made with government help; a disaffected professor turned writer with stars in his eyes; a lady who has some metaphysical involvement with the history of the area; her boyfriend who becomes involved with the writer and some others who affect those folks and the movie itself.

Witty at times and sad at others, this is smoothly written and easy to follow. If you enjoy Ackroyd's newer writings, you'll like this early example of his fiction.
great fire of London 12 Dec 2014
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Book is not about historic, great fire of London.
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