Alex Seal

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Brunel (Historical Storybooks) - Margaret Nash, Jim Eldridge (Illustrator)

Brunel (Historical Storybooks)
Margaret Nash, Jim Eldridge (Illustrator)

Isaac's father is a ganger building Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Box Tunnel which will complete the line between London and Bristol. This book attempts to show through Isaac's eyes how Brunel's theories and construction work.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Recent Works - R. Angus Buchanan, Michael Chrimes, John King, et al, Eric Kentley (Introduction)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Recent Works
R. Angus Buchanan, Michael Chrimes, John King, et al, Eric Kentley (Introduction)

This is a unique and insightful look at some of the works Brunel completed towards the end of his life including Paddington Station, Renkioi Hospital (Crimea) and the Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash. Avoiding the traditional biographical style of writing, this title explores Brunel's designs with the aid of contemporary architects, re-evaluating the designs and concluding that they are the best not simply 'because they were Brunel's', but because he investigated the most practical way of problem solving.

Brunel (Lifelines) - Richard Tames

Brunel (Lifelines)
Richard Tames

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Engineering Knight Errant - Adrian Vaughan

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Engineering Knight Errant
Adrian Vaughan

This is the first biography to show Brunel as he actually was. Drawing on evidence ignored or suppressed in Rolt's classic Life, Adrian Vaughan reveals not just an engineer of genius, a born actor and a courageous leader, but also a man who was obstinate, unjust, dictatorial and in the end paranoid. Outwardly indomitable, Brunel was driven by his 'blue devils': fears and insecurities he confided only to a journal he kept locked. His drive cost others dear: lives and fortunes were lost in the execution of his dramatic projects. He was an engineering knight-errant, not interested in mundane solutions but in daring experiments that would make him famous. Brunel's superbly engineered raflways'and bridges, and three great ships, serve as his monument. Much of his work is still in place, as serviceable as when it was first built. But he sold his soul to ambition, and like Faust he paid.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel - L.T.C. Rolt, Angus Buchanan (Introduction)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
L.T.C. Rolt, Angus Buchanan (Introduction)

In this biography of Brunel the author has aimed to make the technical problems of engineering interesting and comprehensible to the layman. He combines with this an appreciation of Brunel's forthright, vigorous and humorous character.

Brunel: The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Angus Buchanan

Brunel: The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Angus Buchanan

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is admired as one of the greatest of all engineers. His leading role in the transport revolution of the 19th century, and especially in the building of the Great Western Railway, left an indelible mark on the British landscape. His achievements captured the imagination of his contemporaries and subsequent generations. His colossal energy and determination to carry out projects on the largest scale to an extremely high standard set him apart from his rivals. "Brunel" tells the story both of the engineer, who followed his father Marc into what was then a new profession, and of the man. It explores his successes and failures, at home and abroad, including both the broad gauge GWR and the SS Great Eastern, bringing out Brunel's imagination, drive and inventiveness. Above all, it sets him in the context of his times, showing both what made him who he was and how he made the most of the great opportunities offered to him.