This is the definitive story of the men who built the railways – the unknown Victorian labourers who blasted, tunnelled, drank and brawled their way across nineteenth-century England.
Preached at and plundered, sworn at and swindled, this anarchic elite endured perils and disasters, and carved out of the English countryside an industrial-age architecture unparalleled in grandeur and audacity since the building of the cathedrals.
Head of Zeus * Transport
21 May 2015 * 320pp * £6.99 * 9781784082314
'Absorbing detail presented so readably that no one with a spark of imagination and a twinge of interest in people could fail to find this book a pleasure'
'A brilliant book about a magnificent and vanished race of men'
'Coleman's vivid and perceptive study of Victorian railway navvies is something of a landmark'
'Coleman's pioneering work of industrial history is handsomely illustrated with prints and photographs from the time with a new introduction from the most distinguished recent historian of the railways'
The National (Glasgow)
Terry Coleman is a historian, novelist, and award-winning reporter. His books include biographies of Olivier, Nelson and the history of British and Irish emigration, PASSAGE TO AMERICA. His novel SOUTHERN CROSS, was a worldwide bestseller.
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