• "The Clerkenwell Tales is a truly extraordinary feat of historical imagination: a slim novel, straining at the seams with a sort of macabre relish, in which disgust and enthusiasm jostle"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Historical fiction of the utmost potency"

    Daily Mail
  • "A tour-de-force, full of rich imaginings and strange happenings. It is as finely wrought as an illuminated manuscript"

  • "A brilliantly imagined thriller"

  • "Roars and leaps through the London streets with thrilling energy...the result is tremendous. Ackroyd is a wonderful guide and torchbearer, bringing light to the darkest corners of humanity"