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The Railway Navvies: A History of the Men Who Made the Railways [Paperback]

Terry Coleman
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2 Nov 2000
The story of the men who built the railways, the unknown labourers of the 19th century. Preached at and plundered, sworn at and swindled, these people endured perils and disasters and carved out of the English countryside a new iron-age architecture.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New edition edition (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712667075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712667074
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absorbing detail presented so readably that no one with a spark of imagination and a twinge of interest in people could fail to find this book a pleasure' Eveing Standard.

'A brilliant book about a magnificent and vanished race of men' Listerner.

'Mr Coleman's vivid and perceptive study of Victorian railway navvies is something of a landmark' Guardian. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Terry Coleman is a historian, novelist, and award-winning reporter. His books include biographies of Olivier, Nelson and the history of British and Irish emigration, PASSAGE TO AMERICA. His novel SOUTHERN CROSS, was a worldwide bestseller.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick, Shovel and Dynamite 24 Nov 2010
By Preset
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The social history of groups of landless and often uneducated labourers working at considerable personal risk. Once read no railway journey will be the same as you consider what was acheived before mechanisation. Well researched and very readable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Norma H
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Well packaged and quick delivery. I bought this book as a present. the recipient was really pleased with the book which he had been searching for, he had tried numerous shops. Amazon solved the problem.
Would recommend this book, hope to read it myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent and Thoughtful Read 7 Oct 2010
By teapot
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My husband discovered that he had a Railway Navvy amongst his direct ancestors and wanted to read about their lives and work. This book filled the bill perfectly being both very readable and very interesting. We would both recommend it.
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