Three Brothers: A Novel

Paperback | December 16, 2014

byPeter Ackroyd

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Rapier-sharp, witty, intriguing and mysterious: a new novel from Peter Ackroyd, set in 1960s London.
     Three Brothers follows the fortunes of Harry, Daniel and Sam Hanway, born on a post-war council estate in Camden Town. Marked out from the start by curious coincidence, each boy is forced to make his own way in the world -- a world of dodgy deals and big business, of criminal gangs and crooked landlords, of newspaper magnates, back-biters and petty thieves.
     London is the backdrop and the connecting fabric of these three lives, reinforcing Ackroyd's grand theme that place and history create, surround and engulf us. From bustling, cut-throat Fleet Street to hallowed London publishing houses, from the wealth and corruption of Chelsea to the smoky shadows of Limehouse and Hackney, this is an exploration of the city, peering down its streets, riding on its underground, and drinking in its pubs and clubs. Everything is possible -- not only in the new freedom of the 1960s but also in London's timeless past.

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Rapier-sharp, witty, intriguing and mysterious: a new novel from Peter Ackroyd, set in 1960s London.      Three Brothers follows the fortunes of Harry, Daniel and Sam Hanway, born on a post-war council estate in Camden Town. Marked out from the start by curious coincidence, each boy is forced to make his own way in the world -- a world...

PETER ACKROYD is the author of biographies of Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, Wilkie Collins and Thomas More and of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He has won the Whitbread ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.77 × 5.1 × 0.62 inPublished:December 16, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780099566038

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmmm ... mixed feelings As much as I liked this book, the way EVERYONE was intertwined was a bit much and at times hard to follow all the characters. I did feel like I could picture every street of London and every seedy pub and home described by Ackroyd so this was much to my delight - you can form a mental image of the characters as well. You do get dragged into the muddle of all of their lives, and the strange ghost like happenings. I would recommend this book to others.
Date published: 2015-03-02

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• "A camp clever tour de force... an alternative autobiography, a ghost story and a murder mystery all in one slim volume. Brilliant... the quintessence of Ackroyd." --Sunday Telegraph

 • "Harking back to Dickens... London is a major character in the novel. In Ackroyd's accomplished hands the city becomes a mystical place, where visions abound. Highly recommended." --Daily Mail