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Backroom Boys [Paperback]

Francis Spufford

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Book Description

Oct. 18 2004
A rapturous history of British engineering, a vivid love-letter to quiet men in pullovers, Backroom Boys tells the story of how this country lost its industrial tradition and got back something else. 'A wonderful accomplishment - Backroom Boys sharply evokes a lost world of Dan Dare, Look and Learn and Meccano, and goes on to show us how that world was never lost: that it is, in fact, the secret history of today.' Ken MacLeod 'Unreservedly marvellous ...Francis Spufford is the Tom Wolfe of technology journalism.' Focus 'Provides start-to-finish enjoyment ...[Spufford] can make the heart leap simply by detailing what engineers do with mild steel or carbon fibre.' Sunday Times 'I don't want to pretend that Backroom Boys is perfect; It's just as near to it as makes no difference.' Daily Telegraph 'The man writes like a dream - informed, fresh, racy prose ...You wouldn't think that a book describing the fall and rise of British technologies since 1945 could be unputdownable, but Spufford shows it can be done.' Guardian

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber And Faber Ltd. (Oct. 18 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571214975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571214976
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #484,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

'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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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.

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