LONDON: The Biography.
London: Chatto & Windus, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Ackroyd's definitive account of the city of London from its earliest days to the beginning of the 21st century - a city which, for him, is an organism with its own laws of growth and change - thus this book is called a biography rather than a history. He reveals many of the ways in which the continuity of the city survives, in ward boundaries unchanged since the Middle Ages, in vocabulary and in various traditions, and also shows London as constantly changing, yet forever the same in essence. Illustrated with photographs, including some in full color, and drawings. SIGNED on the title page. Sources, chronology from 54 BC to 2000 AD, maps. Index. xxiii, 822 pp. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 1-856197166.