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First Light is not the darkest of Peter Ackroyd's novels (Hawksmoor has that honor), but fans of the macabre will relish its exhilarating combination of cosmic awe, ancient beings, and creepy underground tunnels, in a humorous suspense story as cleverly paced as a Hitchcock thriller. The story is that the excavation of a neolithic, astronomically aligned grave under the pastoral hills of Dorset, England, coincides with the startling reappearance of ancient stars (including H. P. Lovecraft's Aldebaran) in the night sky. A group of deliciously eccentric characters--archaeologists, astronomers, a stuffy civil servant, a stand-up comic, and vaguely menacing local villagers--converge at the site and collide with each other. As Gabriele Annan wrote in the London Sunday Telegraph, "Ackroyd is such a master of mood, of tension, angst, foreboding, frisson, but also of tenderness and exultation, that one is drawn into his tale as by a magus."

    

Used availability for Peter Ackroyd's First Light

Hardback Editions

November 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: First Light.
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-349-10157-4 / 978-0-349-10157-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton 1989
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September 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: First Light
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-8021-1161-0 / 978-0-8021-1161-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Pr
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April 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: First Light
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-241-12498-0 / 978-0-241-12498-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

September 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: First Light
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-8021-3481-5 / 978-0-8021-3481-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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July 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: First Light
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-14-017115-0 / 978-0-14-017115-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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March 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: First Light
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-345-36887-8 / 978-0-345-36887-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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April 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: First Light (Abacus Books)
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-349-10132-9 / 978-0-349-10132-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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Audio Editions

October 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: First Light
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7366-4032-0 / 978-0-7366-4032-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
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