July 28, 2017

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

HawksmoorOur latest book club choice, I read Hawksmoor many years ago too.

Hawksmoor is both a modern detective novel and a historical fiction on the subject of the occult and enlightenment. The two tales are intertwined as we follow the eighteenth century architect Nicholas Dyer as he builds 7 churches in central London, and Nicholas Hawksmoor a 1980s detective trying to solve a series of murders in the same churches.

Once you get your head around the Pepysian style Ackroyd uses for the Nicholas Dyer sections the pace of the book builds really well.

A very enjoyable read that’s worthy of it’s prizes – Guardian Fiction Prize and Best Novel at the Whitbread Awards.

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