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The Thames

The Thames

(2007)
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The Thames displays the same qualities as London: The Biography: scholarship, wit, discursiveness, lovely descriptive writing, anecdotes, spirit of place and character. It is hugely enjoyable and sure to be another mammoth bestseller.

The Thames is about the river from source to sea, from prehistoric times to the present, its flora and fauna, the paintings and photographs inspired by the Thames, its geology, smells and colours, its literature, laws, magic and myths, its architecture, trade and weather.

The reader learns about the fishes that swim in the river and the boats that ply on its surface, about floods and tides, hauntings and suicides, miasmas and sewers, locks, weirs and embankments.

Here is Shelley floating on the river under poetical beech trees, Hogarth getting roaring drunk on a boat trip to Gravesend, William Morris wondering whether the same Thames water flowed past his windows in Hammersmith as flowed past his house at Kelmscott, 100 miles upriver.

Peter Ackroyd has a genius for digging out the most surprising and entertaining details, and for writing about them in the most magisterial prose.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Thames: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-385-52623-7 / 978-0-385-52623-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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October 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: Thames Sacred River Signed Edition
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-84579-773-6 / 978-1-84579-773-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto Bodley Head & Cape
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: Thames: Sacred River
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7011-7284-3 / 978-0-7011-7284-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

November 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Thames: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-307-38984-7 / 978-0-307-38984-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Thames: Sacred River
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-09-942255-7 / 978-0-09-942255-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

November 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Thames: The Biography
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Anchor
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