Julian Glover

Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain

Wednesday 31st May at 6:30pm  |  Daunt Books Hampstead  |  Tickets £5.00

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Julian Glover will be discussing his biography of revolutionary engineer Thomas Telford, much of whose work endures to this day.

Telford was a complex man: a shepherd's boy who loved the countryside but helped industrialise it; an ambitious man who cared little for accolades; highly sociable and charming, but peculiarly private about his personal life; and an engineer who was also a poet. He cherished a vision of a country connected to transform mobility and commerce: his radical politics lay not in ideas but the creation of useful, solid things.

In an age in which economics, engineering and national identity came together, Thomas Telford's life was a model of what can be achieved by persistence, skill and ambition. Drawing on contemporary accounts, this, the first full modern biography of Telford, at once intimate and expansive, is an utterly original portrait. It is a book of roads and landscapes, waterways and bridges, but above all, of how one man transformed himself into the greatest civil engineer Britain has ever produced.

“'An evocative telling of an interesting life… Glover catches the thrill of Telford's engineering quite beautifully'” – Guardian

Event Information

Wednesday 31st May 2017

Event starts at 6:30pm .
This event takes place at Daunt Books Hampstead, 51 South End Road, London NW3 2QB

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