Praise for Foundation:
“Ackroyd has drawn a large, loyal readership in his native land. Over some 50 books, he has seldom strayed far from the subject of the past and the traces it has left in the present. And the history that interests him most is the kind touching on national memory and a sense of place, ‘longing and belonging,’ in his memorable phrase.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"Ackroyd's trademark insight and wit, and the glorious interconnectedness of all things, permeate each page."
"Ackroyd brings delightful but revealing details of the lives of the people from the past into the present."
—Sunday Express (UK)
"With Foundation, Ackroyd makes a compelling case to be the country's next great chronicler."
—Time Out (London)
“Given his eye for detail and the near-mythic writing in books like Thames: Sacred River, [Foundation]—not surprisingly, a huge best seller in England—promises to be an original read.”
“The hugely popular Ackroyd’s ease of erudition ought not to be missed.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Once again, Ackroyd exhibits his magic touch with the written word, this time with the first in a six-volume history of England.”
"An extraordinary book...Peter Ackroyd is arguably the most talented and prolific writer working in Britain today."
—Daily Express (UK)
“Ackroyd paints a portrait of early England that is both historically rich and compellingly human.”
“[Ackroyd] is a natural storyteller and a passionate historian, but his true skill lies in his acute eye for revealing interesting details.”
—San Francisco Book Review
Praise for Peter Ackroyd:
"Marvelously erudite and staggeringly industrious."
—Los Angeles Times
"For Ackroyd, the past isn't merely past; it's alive."
—The Boston Globe
"Ackroyd is a medium through which the obscured voices of the past are channeled."
"His best work is in his marvelous cultual visions...because they convey a comprehensive and frequently dark sense of the English character and its vagaries."
—Harold Bloom, The New York Times Book Review