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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber And Faber Ltd. (Oct. 18 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571214975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571214976
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A must for every British Christmas stocking.' John Carey; 'Unputdownable... the man writes like a dream - informed, fresh, racy prose.' Guardian

About the Author

Francis Spufford, a former Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (1997), has edited two acclaimed literary anthologies and a collection of essays about the history of technology. His first book, I May Be Some Time, won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1996, the Banff Mountain Book Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. His second, The Child That Books Built, gave Neil Gaiman 'the peculiar feeling that there was now a book I didn't need to write'. His third, Backroom Boys, was called 'as nearly perfect as makes no difference' by the Daily Telegraph and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge.

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Three Stars Aug. 30 2014
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More technical details than I expected. Found myself skimming several sections to find the personalities of the participants.
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A very absorbing book. The author has really done his research and the first-person interviews are enthralling. It avoids well known stories but delves into other lesser known feats where Britain really did lead the world.