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Charlie Chaplin Hardcover – 3 Apr 2014

3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070116994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701169947
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Haunting... Brilliant and unsparing" (Simon Callow Guardian)

"Compact, engrossing, intelligent" (John Carey Sunday Times)

"Chaplin's rise makes an enthralling story, and it's one perfectly suited to Peter Ackroyd's prodigious and idiosyncratic talents... Ackroyd acknowledges Chaplin's many human failings, while at the same time giving us a vivid sense of what made the man a genius" (Lucy Hughes-Hallett The Telegraph)

"A beautifully judged book, driven by a powerful sense of life’s sadness" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)

"[A] fine biography… The luxury of a short book about a vast life cannot be overestimated" (Susie Boyt Financial Times)

"Ackroyd has turned in the best account of Chaplin's formation beneath the teetering chimney stacks of Victorian London, fragrant with the odours of dung, smoke and beer... Ackroyd is just the man to puncture the whoppers with which Chaplin embroidered his past, without being too much of a scold" (Tom Shone New Statesman)

"Ackroyd brings a novelist's as well as a biographer's eye to the story of a man who "seemed to epitomise the human condition itself, flawed and frail and funny"" (Independent)

"Ackroyd digs deeply at the roots of a man who was a century ago the most famous person on the planet... bringing vividly to life the dark Victorian streets of south London" (Gerard Henderson Daily Express)

"This biography is like the wedge the Little Tramp liberates from beneath a docked ocean liner in Modern Times: it starts a thing of unstoppable momentum" (Monocle)

"Perceptive and judicious" (Rupert Christiansen Literary Review)

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A fresh look at Chaplin from the masterful Peter Ackroyd

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