Please dont buy this book if you think it covers just Foundries and Rolling Mills! The title is somewhat misleading. The book has chapters on sources of power, ie Wind water and steam: Mills and factories: Iron and Steel: Mining: Railways: Steam ships and steam engines, and a site gazeteer with maps. The book was first published in 1999 as "Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age" and the earlier print is the better of the two, being on better quality paper and with the images located throughout the text, rather than as one block in the middle of the book.
To my mind this is the BBC trying to be clever and hoping that by changing the title of an existing book they wring out more sales. Certainly fooled me!
That gripe apart though, it is a thoroughly enjoyable book in Fred's own inimitable style.
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