The Men Who Invented Britain – an illustrated introduction to great British engineers


This profusely illustrated book will draw together many of the themes which I have been researching over the past few years into a collection of essays exploring the achievements of the greatest names in 18th, 19th and early 20th century British engineering history, and look at some of the themes which linked their achievements. From James Brindley's early canal-building through James Watt's steam engine, James Nasmyth's steam hammer, Brunel's iron ships and Henry Bessemer's steel-making to William Arrol's bridges – taking in William Murdoch, Thomas Telford, William Jessop, John Rennie, John Scott Russell, William Armstrong and others along the way – the book illustrates the rich legacy which all these innovators have left us. Completion is estimated by the end of 2022.


The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White is still available from John Hannavy Publishing, the remaining hardback copies now reduced to half price, just £10.00 + P&P

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The Governor – controlling the power of steam machines will be published in hardback and e-book on 30 November 2021 by Pen & Sword Transport Books. The hardback will be priced at £30. Click on the book cover, below to log on to where you can see all of my currently available books. 

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