The Backroom Boys : The Secret Return of the British Boffin, Paperback

The Backroom Boys : The Secret Return of the British Boffin Paperback



A rapturous history of British engineering, a vivid love-letter to quiet men in pullovers, Backroom Boys tells the story of how this country lost its industrial tradition and got back something else. 'A wonderful accomplishment - Backroom Boys sharply evokes a lost world of Dan Dare, Look and Learn and Meccano, and goes on to show us how that world was never lost: that it is, in fact, the secret history of today.' Ken MacLeod 'Unreservedly marvellous ...Francis Spufford is the Tom Wolfe of technology journalism.' Focus 'Provides start-to-finish enjoyment ...[Spufford] can make the heart leap simply by detailing what engineers do with mild steel or carbon fibre.' Sunday Times 'I don't want to pretend that Backroom Boys is perfect; It's just as near to it as makes no difference.' Daily Telegraph 'The man writes like a dream - informed, fresh, racy prose ...You wouldn't think that a book describing the fall and rise of British technologies since 1945 could be unputdownable, but Spufford shows it can be done.' Guardian


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780571214976



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