by Nick Corble, who also supplied the following text.
A FRESH LOOK AT JAMES BRINDLEY
Why is it that the exploits of Stephenson and Brunel are part of the history curriculum while the name of James Brindley, the man who laid down the basis for the first national transport system, is largely unknown?
A new biography written by Nick Corble attempts to redress this imbalance. Published by Tempus Publishing, and called 'James Brindley: The First Canal Builder' the book takes a fresh look at Brindley's achievements and asks the bigger question of what might have happened if Brindley hadn't come along.
Nick describes Brindley's story almost as if he was writing a thriller, focusing on the dramas behind the building of the canals and how close Brindley came to failure - failure that would have set Britain's industrial development back for a generation. He also focuses on the very human tale behind the man - how he was born into poverty, how he was barely literate and how he rose above all this to do things no one else thought were even possible.
The book suggests that Brindley was the man who put the 'united' in United Kingdom. In a compelling argument, Nick describes how Brindley's achievements pulled together a Britain of parts and kick-started the process which led to Britain becoming the world's first modern superpower.
This book is a 'must read' for anyone with an interest in how the canal system came about and is illustrated with dozens of original photos, many of them in colour.
Soft back. 160 pages. 17.3cms x 24.8cms approx.