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Book reviews — June 1983

A BOOK GLIAS HAD A HAND IN
Some time ago E.F. Clark wrote to me regarding the newsletter correspondence on the Commercial Road stone tramway which his great-great-grandfather was connected with; he was involved in research for a book on his grandfather which has now been published. Its title GEORGE PARKER BIDDER The Calculating Boy, does not make it appear to be of interest to members (just a bit of 19th century social history), but in fact this hefty book (518 pages) spends very little time on Bidder's early fame as a child prodigy and contains much of interest on his later career as an engineer in the early days of railways, his friendship with Robert Stephenson, his involvement with the London Docks, London main drainage and the electric telegraph. I have not yet had time to finish this detailed account of a prominent Victorian engineer, but despite a wealth of footnotes it is very easy reading as Bidder was a pleasant person and is described affectionately by his descendant. A book to compare with Rolfs biography of I.K. Brunel (and that's very high praise from me). Not cheap at 21, but very well produced which is fortunate as this is a book you will want to keep. Obtainable from KSL Publications, Ballards, Knotting Green, Bedford, MK44 IAA Brenda Innes

COAL, A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE BRITISH COAL INDUSTRY by Donald Anderson
David & Charles, 19B2, 96pp illustrated 4.95
This popular account of coal mining contains some excellent period illustrations and the text is not without fresh material even for the well-read mining enthusiast There is a regional bias towards the NW; chapters include: Ownership of Coal, Working the Coal, Machinery for Pumping & Winding, Accidents, Legislation & Diseases, the Mining Village, Unions and there is a glossary and chronology. The author, a chartered mining engineer and surveyor, comes from a family which has been engaged in the industry for several generations and his eldest son is a mine manager. As reading for Dave's 'Big Pit' visit this book can certainly be recommended. Bob Carr

IA BOOKS
M & M Baldwin have just issued Catalogue No. 14 of second hand books on Surface Transport & Aviation. Their address is 98 Kenyon Street, SW6 6LB. Visitors welcome by appointment only, telephone 385 2036


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