Evening Stephen,Hi Barry,
No; I’m a big Ackroyd fan. I just finished re-reading Hawksmoor before The House. I first came across him via Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem a good few years ago and thought that the title alone begged a read.
Since then, I think I’ve read a fair amount of his work. I especially like the transitional nature of his writing; the way he disrupts the idea of time as a linear concept in Hawksmoor and Dee, for instance.
I need to get a hold of his take on The Canterbury Tales soon. Then take about 2 months to re-read London: The Biography .
Ones on the ‘to read’ list include The Great Fire of London and The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde.
I haven’t read Allan Moore, but Sinclair’s Lud Heat inspired Ackroyd to script the mystical and cosmic placing of Dyer/Hawksmoor’s churches, so it would be good to read him. What do you recommend from Moore?Evening Stephen,
I had the same route in to Ackroyd as you. Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem - what a title! I’m also drawn to him for similar reasons to you. Pyschogeography and the dissolution of boundaries. London: The Biography certainly warrants a re-read, but it’s finding the time.
Have you read any Iain Sinclair or Allan Moore?
My apologies, Barry. I forgot I had this, which is excellent...I haven’t read Allan Moore, but Sinclair’s Lud Heat inspired Ackroyd to script the mystical and cosmic placing of Dyer/Hawksmoor’s churches, so it would be good to read him. What do you recommend from Moore?
Ah! That’s on my rather long ‘to read’ list Stephen.
Well, you’ve convinced me to add that to the list!!Ah! That’s on my rather long ‘to read’ list Stephen.
I have only read ‘Jerusalem’ by Moore but bloody hell, it’s quite an undertaking. 2000 pages of social history, mythology, block universe theory, socialist polemic and family dynamics. There’s even a section that one critic described as ‘like Enid Blyton on acid’. It’s infuriating in places but in my opinion, it’s magnificent.