Chatto & Windus 2014
Hardback 272pp Illustrated
9780701169947   Product Code: 22817
Although there were a few years of stability for the infant Charlie, his entertainer parents' estrangement and their problems with alcoholism and mental instability meant that he spent long periods of his childhood in workhouses and orphanages before starting in the theatre at the age of 14. Peter Ackroyd's succinct biography considers the artistic achievements and complex private life of the cockney comedian who became the most famous person in the world.