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A fresh look at the decades when British ingenuity and technological innovation changed the course of human history and ushered in the modern world.

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Roger Osborne's work has provided a range of innovative insights into our views of the past, and how they inform the present. His previous books include The Floating Egg- Episodes in the Making of Geology, The Deprat Affair- Ambition, Revenge and Deceit in French Indo-China, The Dreamer of the Calle San Salvador- Visions of Sedition and Sacrilege in Sixteenth-Century Spain, Civilization- A New History of the Western World and Of The People, By The People, A New History of Democracy.

Roger Osborne is also a professional playwright. His plays include The Art Of Persuasion, first performed in 2011 and Laughton, staged in 2013 He lives in Scarborough.


"Ably handling a mass of material, Osborne explores both the technological side of his subject and its human aspect" -- Christopher Smith * UK Regional Press Syndication *
"Osborne fires [the Industrial Revolution] up with great gusto" -- Iain Finlayson * The Times *
"Detailed and scholarly" -- Steve Craggs * UK Regional Press Syndication *
"A truly rattling good yarn" -- Jonathan Glancey * Country Life *
"Detailed and scholarly" * UK Regional Press Syndication *

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