Publish date: February 23rd 2012
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Pages no: 199
Edition language: English
Series: Ackroyd's Brief Lives (#5)
Peter Ackroyd's name on a title page is a sure recommendation for me. I've read others in his "brief lives" series, and enjoyed them all. What struck me about this one is that (as opposed to Chaucer or Shakespeare) there is a lot known about his 19th-century subject and (as opposed to Poe, who died ...
This very short biography of Victorian author Wilkie Collins is breezy in style and it skims the surface of his colorful life. Readers are given facts about his childhood, oddly shaped body, dislike of marriage, two mistresses, friendship with Charles Dickens, travels abroad, and illnesses, but with...
My friend saw this on the recently arrived table at his local school library and took it out for me because he knows I'm a Peter Ackroyd fangirl.My friend then totally outed himself and asked "Who is Wilkie Collins?".Sometimes I want to cry.I love Wilkie Collins and I love Peter Ackroyd so it is not...
Read by Michael Pennington.blurb - Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely short-sighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colourful clothes, 'as if playing a certain part in the great general drama of life' Wilkie Collins looked distinctly strange. But he was none the les...
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