Peter Ackroyd

‘Written in splendidly elastic prose, it provides a concise, fair and highly readable biography of a singular genius.’ The Times


‘Ackroyd knows how to tell a story. His Isaac Newton is a strange man indeed: emotionally wounded, difficult, wilful, hypersensitive narcissist, but equipped with this extraordinarily original and elastic imagination that allowed him to venture intellectually where no man had gone before. You really get a sense of his intense solitude. And the maths is explained with considerable skill and the lightest of touches.‘ Spectator

‘Ackroyd has a fine eye for the intimate thorny details that breathe life into biographies.’ Glasgow Herald


  • Chatto & Windus UK
  • Nan A Talese USA
  • Academia Czech Republic
  • Alpina Russia
  • Fondo de Cultura Economica Mexico
  • Versmes Lithuania

Material: finished copies (163pp)