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Peter Ackroyd, British writer. Recipient Somerset Maugham prize, 1984, Whitbread prize for best biography, 1984-1985, Guardian Fiction award, 1985, Whitbread prize for best novel, 1986; Mellon fellow, Yale University, 1971-1973. Fellow: Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Royal Society Literature; member: American Academy Arts and Sciences (honorary; foreign member 2006).

Background

ACKROYD, Peter was born on October 5, 1949. Son of Graham Ackroyd and Audrey Whiteside.

Education

St. Benedict’s School, Ealing, Clare College, Cambridge and Yale University.

Career

Literary editor, The Spectator magazine, London, 1973-1977; managing editor, The Spectator magazine, London, 1977-1981; free-lance writer, London, since 1981. Chief book reviewer The Times, London, since 1986.

Works

Membership

Fellow: Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Royal Society Literature. Member: American Academy Arts and Sciences (honorary. Foreign member 2006).

Connections

father:
Graham Ackroyd

mother:
Audrey Whiteside