• 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


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