Icons of England

Editor: Bill Bryson
Paperback: 351 pages
ISBN: 9780552776356
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In this highly interesting book Bill Bryon goes in search of the "icons of England". This isn't, however, a book by Bill Bryson but rather short descriptions from over ninety people of their personal icons of England. This makes for a very eclectic book from some very well known people. Whatever you personally like about England you are sure to find a like minded soul in this book.

The Most Powerful Idea In The World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention

Author: William Rosen
Hardback: 324 pages
ISBN: 9780224082559
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In this fascinating history of the Industrial Revolution Rosen claims that the most important invention ... was invention itself. Taking Rocket and the development of steam locomotives as a case study he builds a compelling argument that the invention of invention allowed minor improvements to snowball into world changing devices and ideas propelling us forward into the industrialized world we live in today.

The Kyle Line in Pictures

Paperback: 45 pages
ISBN: 9780905489506
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A short book that describes the construction of the railway line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. For such a short book it contains a lot of interesting information as well as lots of pictures both modern and historical. Short enough to read during the train journey if the weather removes the view!

The Devil's Cup: Coffee, the Driving Force in History

Author: Stuart Lee Allen
Paperback: 231 pages
ISBN: 1841951439
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Coffee may be the an important force of modern life but could it have been important in shaping world history? Stuart Lee Allan believes so and in this book sets out on a world wide trip to prove his hunch. This book is humorous and highly informative. If you have any interest in coffee then you are bound to find something of interest in this book.