⫷ Best new Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day ✣ Author Peter Ackroyd ⇸

⫷ Best new Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day ✣ Author Peter Ackroyd ⇸ ⫷ Best new Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day ✣ Author Peter Ackroyd ⇸ After his mammoth, shamanic aria London the Biography, the remarkable writer Peter Ackroyd has produced a nimble, uproarious pocket history of sex in his beloved metropolis Alasdair Lees Independent Ackroyd has an encyclopaedic knowledge of London, and a poet s instinct for its strange, mesmerising drives and urges Queer City contains something to alarm or fascinate on every page Craig Brown The Mail on Sunday Droll, provocative and crammed to busting with startling facts Simon Callow The Guardian If there was a prize for the most evocative or salacious chapter headings, then Peter Ackroyd s new book, Queer City, would be the undisputed victor They capture the rudery and naughtiness, although not the erudition of this entertaining history of the queer experience in London Robbie Millen The Times Succinct, perceptive and robust Rupert Christiansen Daily Telegraph The kind of screed a queer person would be remiss if they did not pick up This is a call to arms Throughout the book it is made clear that for every halcyon day, there was a dystopia that preceded and followed The one great progress Ackroyd highlights is that we have one thing in the 21st century that the other eras did not an attempt a gay community London relies on queerness as much as queers have relied on the labyrinth and the bacchanal of the Big Smoke Now, it seems, we have a chance to change it in the open David Levesley i Ackroyd s brisk little history of what he calls queer London is itself a collation of sweetmeats Dominic Sandbrook The Sunday Times Always entertaining much to be recommended Philip Hensher The Spectator This gallop through the pink past tells a torrid tale of persecution and pleasure, of blackmail and blue murder Mark Sanderson Evening Standard By shining a light in dark places, Ackroyd has created a triumphantly queer picture of a city he loves as city as queer as any other Philip Hoare New Statesman A timely reminder that gay lives have always been tightly woven into London s rich social brocade Prospect If you ve never read anything by Peter Ackroyd, imagine settling down in a pub There you are, ensconced in that pub and you re stuck by the realization that your companion is so knowledgeable, so erudite, so simply brilliant that you don t care you ve not got a word in edgeways since the first few foamy quaffs a couple of hours back That s what reading Peter Ackroyd is like Ackroyd possesses a lightness of touch which means the reader never feels overwhelmed by the accumulation of facts, figures, and salacious anecdotes they re presented with Endlessly fascinating This book teaches us the importance that queer life in London has, and always will have, to all of us Josh Baines THUMP UK This is a very worthy book that charts queer experience onto the map of London from which it has been omitted for so many centuries Sam Ford Totally Dublin A rambunctious chronicle of gay London from pre Roman times to the present day Guardian Ackroyd delivers an excellent queer read about London, this time our London Endless facts delight and amuse in this celebration and investigation of queer life from Celtic times to the present day Validating, interesting and endlessly fascinating GscenePeter Ackroyd is an award winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet, and broadcaster He is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction bestsellers London The Biography, Thames, and London Under biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, and Alfred Hitchcock and a multi volume history of England He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Somerset Maugham Award He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London. 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    • Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
    • 4.3
    • 510
    • Hardcover
    • 272 pages
    • B078W66CTZ
    • Peter Ackroyd
    • English
    • 11 May 2016

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