Novelist, biographer and poet Peter Ackroyd was awarded a CBE for services to literature in 2003 and he has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1984. He was appointed literary editor of The Spectator at the age of 23. He is chief book reviewer for The Times newspaper, and a regular broadcaster on radio.
Acclaimed biographies include works on Oscar Wilde, William Blake, T.S. Eliot, and a revered volume on Charles Dickens. London: The Biography (2000), is a history of the city that has exerted a powerful influence on his writing, and was awarded the South Bank Show Annual Award for Literature.
His novels include Chatterton and Hawksmoor, written in 1985, won the Whitbread Award. Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion, was published in spring 2002 to accompany a three-part BBC TV series. Recent works include The English Ghost (2010); The Death of King Arthur (2010); and Foundation: The History of England Volume 1 (2011). In 2012 his new biography, Wilkie Collins, was published.