Peter Ackroyd (born October 5, 1949 in London) is a British author.
Ackroyd attended Clare College, Cambridge as an undergraduate and was a Mellon Fellow at Yale, in the United States. His career started in poetry, including works such as London Lickpenny (1973) and The Diversions of Purley (1987). He later moved into fiction and has become an acclaimed author, including shortlisting for the Booker Prize in 1987. Ackroyd has always shown a great interest in the City of London and one of his most recent works, London: the biography, is an extensive and thorough discussion of London through the ages.
Ackroyd worked at The Spectator magazine between 1973 and 1977 and became joint managing editor in 1978. He was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984 and is currently a regular radio broadcaster and book critic.
The Great Fire of London – 1982
The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde – 1983
Hawksmoor – 1985
Chatterton – 1987 (shortlisted for the Booker Prize, 1987)
First Light – 1989
English Music – 1992
The Trial of Elizabeth Cree – 1995
Notes for a New Culture: An Essay on Modernism – 1976
Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag: The History of an Obsession – 1979
T. S. Eliot; A Life – 1984
Dickens' London: An Imaginative Vision – 1987
Ezra Pound and his World – 1989
Dickens – 1990
An Introduction to Dickens – 1991
Blake – 1996
London: The Biography – 2000