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5.0 out of 5 stars From The Tyne to The Peerage
I serendipitously discovered Cragside, Sir William's house, via the Open University back in the 1980s.

In the late 1980s, OU programmes used to play on BBC2 in a two hour block during Saturday mornings. Having accidentally discovered that some of these programmes could be really interesting, even to a casual viewer, I took to recording them each week so that I...
Published on 10 Feb 2011 by AlanMusicMan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great that it exists at all - but sadly otherwise less good
As other reviewers have said, Armstrong's key part in Victorian England is ludicrously neglected.
So a huge thanks to Henrietta Heald for the research and writing of it.

Unfortunately if it was a biography amongst many of someone more famous, it would not rate so very highly.

The best bits are: a) All the detail about the people who surrounded...
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Mr. Brian R. Dougal


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5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a great book!", 5 July 2011
Having been to Cragside some time ago, I bought this as a present for my wife, who has found it surprisingly absorbing. She reported that it's well-researched, lots of interesting detail, and really good history of the industrial development of Newcastle as well as the man himself. Enough technical, engineering detail for those who'd be interested in that sort of stuff, but not too much to deter someone reading it for the the history and the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true Magician in every sense of the word!, 15 Jun 2011
It is astonishing that a pioneer like William Armstrong is not a household name, in every household. We are rarely informed of his groundbreaking, and sometimes controversial, feats.
However, Henrietta Heald's biography, William Armstrong, Magician of the North, has brought his infamy back into the perspective.
This is a thoroughly researched and evenly-balanced text which depicts every aspect of Armstrong's life and work, some of which may come as a surprise to people unfamiliar with his numerous leaps in invention.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, so that his memory can be restored to its rightful place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable biography of a remarkable man, 28 April 2011
After reading this excellent biography, it seems extraordinary that William Armstrong is not a household name. Henrietta Heald's book is hugely readable, and wears its erudition lightly.
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