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5.0 out of 5 stars A rewarding and fascinating account of a remarkable life.
`Tom'Rolt was an inspired communicator of the importance of Britain's industrial past. In this autobiographical triology he guides us through a world that is now long gone. From his childhood and early manhood in those troubled inter-war years, to his flowering as a successful writer and advocate of preserving Britain's industrial past, Rolt never fails to keep the...
Published on 26 Aug 2001 by peter d moger

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2.0 out of 5 stars badly bound book of The Landscape trilogy by Rolt
sadly my review is negative. This is not because the book is poorly written but because the copy supplied had its pages bound in random order and is thus not readable. A response would be appreciated
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rewarding and fascinating account of a remarkable life., 26 Aug 2001
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peter d moger (mitcheldean, glos United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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`Tom'Rolt was an inspired communicator of the importance of Britain's industrial past. In this autobiographical triology he guides us through a world that is now long gone. From his childhood and early manhood in those troubled inter-war years, to his flowering as a successful writer and advocate of preserving Britain's industrial past, Rolt never fails to keep the readers' interest. Anyone who has read his excellent biographical accounts of Britain's finest engineers will be enthralled by Rolt's unusual life. From vintage car clubs, canal presevation and railway societies, Rolt was in there from the begining. His ability to explain often complex engineering ideas to the layman is outstanding. Although this is an optimistic book, Rolt does not shy away from describing his failed marriage, his depressions or his regrets on his father's death. This book is a thouroughly good read, an important account of a fascinating and inspiring man and a valuable portrait of bygone Britain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - big shame about the pagination, 18 Jun 2013
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This is an excellent bringing-together of three books which not only chart the interesting and thought-filled life-journey of the author, but show a growing discontent with a status quo which he sees as essentially shallow and insufficiently human.

It's also honest and well-written; Rolt was an engineer, and thus his book is full of poppet-valves and chain-transmissions - all of which I actually (I'm no engineer) found really interesting fo rthe first time in my life; this book makes even these topics something of real interest, sometimes illustrative of what Rolt sees (and I agree) as a descent by civilisation into shallow, easy ways in which skill is devalued and money-men rule the roost, overturning any notions of a balance between the skilled and the exploitative. If Rolt were not so determinedly anti-politics, you'd swear he was of the left - but a left which had not abandoned all, including spiritual values, to the service of materialism.

I could go on.... but for goodness sake save me the trouble: buy the book...

... but note that PAGES 30-60 ARE IN THE WRONG ORDER, in fact all over the place. Ironically, the publishers have had it printed by a business that clearly fails to value the craft skills of proof-reading and pagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good `period` read, 20 Oct 2013
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A good book for those with similar interests to the author [canals, railways, vintage cars, general engineering and a bit of humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of a different world, 12 Oct 2013
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This book is a compilation of all 3 parts of Tom Rolt's autobiographical survey of our industrial and engineering past . Rolt, born in 1910 , spent his life pottering with engineering projects . He undertook an apprenticeship with a steam locomotive builder in the late 1920s/early 1930s and acquired a lifelong love of machinery of all kinds, particularly that powered by steam. A founder member of the Vintage Sports Car Club, of the Inland Waterways Association ( by whom he was later to be shamefully treated ) , and of the Tal-y-llyn Railway Preservation Society , he gave of his time freely to all 3 pursuits and for about 11 years lived on his Narrow Boat Cressy, whilst at the same time writing a large collection of books, often dealing with industrial history . Some were extremely successful, and but others were failures . He met both situations with aplomb and a philosophical outlook on life . Politically liberal with a small L , he campaigned both for the betterment of the working man's way of life , and for the maintenance of the industries which provided the working man with a living , whether on the land, on the waterways, or in the factories . This book reflects his views on life and his enthusiasm for permanent qualities rather than the transitory way of life as we now know it, and is to be recommended highly as a very readable and nostalgic survey of what was valuable in British life post the Industrial Revolution
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landscape Trilogy, 17 Aug 2012
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A brilliant interesting and informative book. As an engineer and a boat owner I found this book an excellant read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A life in engineering with cars, canals and steam railways, 23 Dec 2013
This review is from: Landscape Trilogy: The Autobiography of L.T.C. Rolt (Paperback)
This trilogy comprises the autobiography of Tom Rolt (1910-1974), who eventually earned his living as a writer and may best be remembered for his biographies of Brunel, Telford and Stephenson.
The autobiography traces his early involvement with cars - those which we would now call veteran and vintage - and with steam-driven vehicles, then with canals (at the time when they were in danger of being abandoned altogether because they were no longer of commercial interest) and with the preservation of steam locomotion (and, in particular, the Talyllyn railway).
The books are easy to read, interesting and, sometimes, highly amusing: have you ever driven backwards at high speed up a hill because of fuel-flow problems? They are at their most entertaining when the writing is descriptive rather than philosophical. The combined edition includes a limited number of black-and-white photographs but, unfortunately, no index.
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4.0 out of 5 stars L.T.C Rolt Autobiography., 14 Jun 2013
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Phread Bare (Hampshire England) - See all my reviews
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Can be a little too technical in places. Fills in parts of the history of Stoke on Trent that I wasvnot aware of.
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2.0 out of 5 stars badly bound book of The Landscape trilogy by Rolt, 16 Jan 2011
This review is from: Landscape Trilogy: The Autobiography of L.T.C. Rolt (Paperback)
sadly my review is negative. This is not because the book is poorly written but because the copy supplied had its pages bound in random order and is thus not readable. A response would be appreciated
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