About the book
Hawksmoor is a 1985 novel by the English writer Peter Ackroyd. It won Best Novel at the 1985 Whitbread Awards and the Guardian Fiction Prize. It tells the parallel stories of Nicholas Dyer, who builds seven churches in 18th-century London for which he needs human sacrifices, and Nicholas Hawksmoor, detective in the 1980s, who investigates murders committed in the same churches. Hawksmoor has been praised as Peter Ackroyd’s best novel up to now and an impressive example of postmodernism.
Review by TG Reading Group
A complex and none too easy to read. The story is dark and chilling in places. Worth persevering, as the author draws the reader into the plot. His use of language, ancient and modern, and character development is unusual. A definite sinister overtone. The book engendered a lot of discussion in our group, with a wide range of opinion.
3 stars out of 5