The Man Who Travelled On Motorways

Author: Trevor Hoyle
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848669283
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The Man Who Travelled On Motorways from the Author: Trevor Hoyle. During his long, late-night drives along the motorways of Britain - through Manchester, London and the South Lancashire mill towns - our narrator falls victim to a series of psychoses. Soon these familiar landscapes are no longer what they seem, taking on a nightmarish quality as he descends into reminiscence and doubt, and the objective world crumbles to dust in his hands. The Man Who Travelled on Motorways is a cult classic, the first novel to exploit the mystique of motorway travel - the realities, unrealities and fantasies that take over the mind of the long-distance driver - from award-winning novelist Trevor Hoyle.

From Rail To Road And Back Again

Author: Colin Divall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131713186X
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From Rail To Road And Back Again from the Author: Colin Divall. The coming of the railways signalled the transformation of European society, allowing the quick and cheap mass transportation of people and goods on a previously unimaginable scale. By the early decades of the twentieth century, however, the domination of rail transport was threatened by increased motorised road transport which would quickly surpass and eclipse the trains, only itself to be challenged in the twenty-first century by a renewal of interest in railways. Yet, as the studies in this volume make clear, to view the relationship between road and rail as a simple competition between two rival forms of transportation, is a mistake. Rail transport did not vanish in the twentieth century any more than road transport vanished in the nineteenth with the appearance of the railways. Instead a mutual interdependence has always existed, balancing the strengths and weaknesses of each system. It is that interdependence that forms the major theme of this collection. Divided into two main sections, the first part of the book offers a series of chapters examining how railway companies reacted to increasing competition from road transport, and exploring the degree to which railways depended on road transportation at different times and places. Part two focuses on road mobility, interpreting it as the innovative success story of the twentieth century. Taken together, these essays provide a fascinating reappraisal of the complex and shifting nature of European transportation over the last one hundred years.

The Motorway Achievement

Author: Peter Baldwin
Publisher: Thomas Telford
ISBN: 9780727731968
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The Motorway Achievement from the Author: Peter Baldwin. The creation of the UK motorway network in the second half of the 20th century facilitated a dramatic improvement in the mobility of people and goods and contributed greatly to the prosperity enjoyed today. Key coverage Recounts the many attempts to promote substantial road improvement and new road planning in the first half of the 20th century Includes a reprint of Sir Frederick Cook's seminal report along with other papers reflecting the altered attitude to motorways An account of Harold Watkinson's contribution, who, though not the first to announce a motorway, did more than most Ministers of Transport to initiate the motorway programme Economic appraisal and forecasting techniques used The technical problems that had to be mastered in the persistent search for better value for money How the Transport Research Laboratory contributed to better safety through its interest in engineering, materials and design Chapter devoted to geometric design

Driving Spaces

Author: Peter Merriman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444355473
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Driving Spaces from the Author: Peter Merriman. Peter Merriman traces the social and cultural histories and geographies of driving spaces through an examination of the design, construction and use of England’s M1 motorway in the 1950s and 1960s. A first-of-its-kind academic study examining the production and consumption of the landscapes and spaces of a British motorway An interdisciplinary approach, engaging with theoretical and empirical work from sociology, history, cultural studies, anthropology and geography Contains 38 high quality illustrations Based on extensive, original archive work

Death And The Motorway

Author: David Gilbey
Publisher: Interactive Publications
ISBN: 1876819782
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Death And The Motorway from the Author: David Gilbey. "Selected poems by an experienced poet, academic and critic who has travelled extensively to Japan and Europe. He teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, where he was a founding member of Wagga Wagga Writers Writers, as well as the editor of Four Ws magazine."--Provided by publisher.

From Boys To Men

Author: George Peat
ISBN: 1326506803
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From Boys To Men from the Author: George Peat. A book full of adventure through one man's eyes. Born in 1937 living in England before travelling to the Bahamas, India, Africa, Canada, Blackpool and Garstang. Working on large machines, gold and diamond mines, motorways, pipe lines, Lancaster University and many more places around the World. Family life from 1937 to 2012

The Crooked Man

Author: Philip Davison
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446466787
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The Crooked Man from the Author: Philip Davison. A darkly funny, moving and original novel about a man coming to terms with the corruption around him and the conscience within. Harry Fielding is a shabby, solitary, but basically cheerful sort, living in a seamy flat in London and subsisting on a diet of gin and pre-packed airline meals in unmarked silver containers. He also works for MI5. Surveillance, protection, the occasional rough-and-tumble - just enough to keep body and soul together. However, when Harry witnesses Lisa, his next-door neighbour, killing and burying her sister's violent husband, he begins to lose his appetite...


Author: Mark Vanhoenacker
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448189942
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Skyfaring from the Author: Mark Vanhoenacker. **Sunday Times Bestseller** **Book of the Week on Radio 4** 'A beautiful book about a part of the modern world which remains genuinely magical’ Mark Haddon 'One of the most constantly fascinating, but consistently under-appreciated aspects of modern life is the business of flying. Mark Vanhoenacker has written the ideal book on the subject: a description of what it’s like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist and a deeply sensitive human being. This is a man who is at once a technical expert – he flies 747s across continents – and a poet of the skies. This couldn’t be more highly recommended.' Alain de Botton Think back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as effortlessly as daybreak. In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love. ‘A beautiful, contemplative book... What Skyfaring gives is something we need: elevation; another perspective... Normally when I find a volume where prose style and subject matter fuse so pleasingly, I tear through it in a day. Here, I found myself pausing on almost every page, as I absorbed its detail or phrasing.’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian **A 2015 Book of the Year – The Economist, The New York Times, GQ and more**

Road Works

Author: Brian Bold
Publisher: Road Works
ISBN: 1847530338
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Road Works from the Author: Brian Bold. In 1964 Brian Bold hitchhikes from London to Geneva to find his fourth girlfriend and so begins a journey of over forty years. Driving more than twenty cars, nearly every one he's owned, he travels along the minor roads of personal fortune and the motorways of social and technological change. Travelling but never quite arriving, he breaks down on the way to the Beatles' Cavern Club in Liverpool on the night of Kennedy's assassination, races an Austin Maestro at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, has a secret meeting with John Major the Prime Minister, and dresses up in another man's clothes. Often hilarious, sometimes poignant, always engaging, these stories of a family, told through the car journeys they make, will probably provide echoes to your own driving history. Read this as a love story, a travelogue, a memoir, as well as perhaps the longest road story ever told