This collection is an anthology of his work from "The Spectator", "The Times, "The Sunday Times", other periodicals and some previously unpublished works.
Regular readers of these columns or readers familiar with his other books (I have most of them) will recognise the literary critical landscape in the titles, e.g. Wyndham Lewis, Lawrence by Leavis, Auden, 'Gaudate' by Ted Hughes, Charles Dickens, Hogarth and so on for 450 pages.
It is a very comprehensive collection of his critical works and well worth the current modest investment.
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on 4 September 2002
Rather than a novel, but as the title suggests a collection of the cornucopia of works by Peter Ackroyd from the start of his writing career to date. The book encompasses mainly reviews of films and books, but also includes a few short stories and also Ackroyd dissecting his own work. If you like the work of Peter Ackroyd then this will provide an interesting insight as to what lies beneath his own writing style and novels. Its a bit like reading a Charles Dickens novel and then reading his biography (as completed by Ackroyd) it attempts to lay bare the inner pysche and soul of the author, although Ackroyds writing provide few clear clues being often abiguous and ambivalent. Well worth a look.