'A lively new history of the world's oldest railway system... Fire and Steam tells a rollicking tale.'
-- Michael Binyon, The Times
'Marvellously informative... a book that has given me more pleasure than any I can remember in quite a while.' -- Rod Liddle, Sunday Times
`A wonderful account of how our railways came to be.'
-- Jon Snow
`Christian Wolmar brings the era of railway mania alive: both the imagination and the daring that made it possible.' -- David Dimbleby
About the Author
Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster. He writes regularly for the Independent and Evening Standard, and appears frequently on TV and radio. His previous books include the widely acclaimed The Subterranean Railway, a history of the London underground and On the Wrong Line, an account of rail privatization.