Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain by Julian Glover (Bloomsbury, £25)
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It was a life led in ceaseless motion. In Julian Glover’s superb new biography, Thomas Telford is seemingly always on endless coach journeys, striding across a Scottish hillside, rushing to attend a meeting, drafting plans or scribbling letters by lamplight in some rough roadside inn. Well into his seventies, he remained on the road, dashing between dozens of projects. The results of this whirlwind energy are astonishing: the bridges, aqueducts, docks and thousands…
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