• "As rich and meandering and wonderful as its subject, this is one of the books of the year"

    Sunday Times
  • "Mesmerising... No one is better than Ackroyd at evoking the texture and atmosphere of the distant past... Ackroyd's gift is to write history in the idiom of a poet. As soon as you open this account of the Thames, you will want to immerse yourself in it"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "A beautifully produced book... There is so much to enjoy here"

    Gillian Tindall, Sunday Telegraph
  • "Wonderful. He is comprehensive - everything from mammoths to the Dome is here - but he is also playful and eccentric, so that reading this book is like being in a boat on the river itself... Peter Ackroyd's writing is such a pleasure that Thames: Sacred River can be read all at once, with increasing delight, and afterwards dipped into, like stretches of the great waterway it charts and celebrates"

    Jeanette Winterson, Financial Times
  • "A very enjoyable and highly idiosyncratic account of the subject"