In the aftermath of the great fire, eighteenth-century London is a city of extremes. Squalor and superstition vie with elegance and reason as brilliant architect, Nicholas Dyer, is commissioned to build seven new churches. They are to stand as beacons of the Enlightenment – but Dyer plans to conceal a dark secret at the heart of each one.
Two hundred and fifty years later, in the same vast metropolis, a series of murders occur on the sites of those same churches. Detective Nicholas Hawksmoor investigates, but the gruesome crimes make no sense to the modern mind...
Combining thriller, ghost story and metaphysical tract, Hawksmoor won the Whitbread Book Award and Guardian Fiction Prize in 1985.
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Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor was first published in 1985. Alternating between the eighteenth century, when Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Christopher Wren, builds seven London churches that house a terrible secret, and the 1980s, when London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sight of certain old churches, Hawksmoor is a brilliant tale of darkness and shadow.Review:
“Derek Jacobi romps through the rococo phrasing with such competence that it’s hard to stop listening to this tale”
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Book Description Penguin UK, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140171134
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140171134
Book Description Penguin UK, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140171134