Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain

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The enthralling Sunday Times-bestselling biography of the shepherd boy who changed the world with his revolutionary engineering and whose genius we still benefit from todayThomas Telford's name is familiar; his story less so. Born in 1757 in the Scottish Borders, his father died in his infancy, plunging the family into poverty. Telford's life soared to span almost eight decades of gloriously obsessive, prodigiously productive energy. Few people have done more to shape our nation.A stonemason turned architect turned engineer, Telford invented the modern road, built churches, harbours, canals, docks, the famously vertiginous Pontcysyllte aqueduct in Wales and the dramatic Menai Bridge. His constructions were the greatest in Europe for a thousand years, and - astonishingly - almost everything he ever built remains in use today. Intimate, expansive and drawing on contemporary accounts, Man of Iron is the first full modern biography of Telford. It is a book of roads and landscapes, waterways and bridges, but above all, of how one man transformed himself into the greatest engineer Britain has ever produced.
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ISBN-13: 9781408837481
ISBN-10: 140883748X
Pagini: 448
Ilustrații: 2x8 page colour inserts
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 32 mm
Greutate: 0.4 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Will appeal to readers interested in the Industrial Revolution and to all those that voted Brunel second only to Churchill in the BBC's 2006 public poll determining the 100 Greatest Britons

Notă biografică

Julian Glover is a journalist, speechwriter and special adviser. Previously a columnist for the Guardian, in 2011 he was appointed chief speechwriter to David Cameron before in 2012 being made special adviser in the UK Department for Transport. He is married to The Times columnist and former Conservative MP Matthew Parris.


A biography of great verve . brings back to vivid life a man who should never have been forgotten
'Glover has done detailed research and any other author will struggle to improve on his life of Telford . Man of Iron is a competent, interesting book about an engineer whose star . deserves to shine a little brighter'
'An evocative biography of Britain's greatest civil engineer . An evocative telling of an interesting life, an account that has lots to admire . Glover catches the thrill of Telford's engineering quite beautifully'
'A strikingly clear portrait of the man who helped shape Britain. ... A beautifully-written biography, reading almost as a work of classic literature'
'Vivid, enthusiastic . Glover makes an enormously readable and persuasive case for Telford's importance in our national story'
'Astonishing and inspiring . Mixing effortless prose with genuine insight has produced an immersive biography that proves hard to put down . The story of Thomas Telford is the story of modern Britain, and never has it been so well told'
'Glover has sailed across Telford's aqueducts, walked his towpaths and tracked down his most obscure Scottish bridges [and his] dedication . has paid off'
'Absorbing . [Glover's] clear, concise style gives the plain-speaking Telford . a fitting literary treatment'
'Glover has ... been digging in the archives with Telfordian energy to produce a readable book about an overlooked man'
'This is a fine biography of a man of outstanding genius'
An engaging new biography which celebrates the achievements of the Borders boy who invented the modern road
[Glover] has avoided hagiography in this engaging, evocative and very readable tale
He paints a vivid picture of a man who was at once massively gifted, restless, ambitious, arrogant and utterly relentless in pursuit of his projects . A superb biography. Lengthy but rewarding, it sets Telford in the clash, clamour, stink and roar of Britain in the Georgian era
Julian Glover applies his skills as a journalist to write a very readable biography charting the history of Telford's work
Glover digs in the archives with Telfordian energy to produce a readable book about the overlooked man
Thomas Telford, the great builder of bridges, canals aqueducts, churches and roads, is less famous than say, Christopher Wren or Isambard Kingdom Brunel. After you read this engrossing biography, you will wonder why