Isambard Kingdom Brunel – Pitkin (Remarkable Lives series)


Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59) was the foremost engineer in an age of great engineers, an age of excitement, expansion, and wealth. A vivacious, dynamic perfectionist, he drove others hard and himself hardest of all.

By John McIlwain, part of the Pitkin ‘Remarkable Lives’ series of short illustrated biographies.


About Pitkin Books

Pitkin has been at the forefront of heritage publishing for over 70 years. The founder, Mr Pitkin, was a post-war entrepreneur devoted to publishing highly illustrated souvenir guidebooks that commemorated special people and events in British history. One of the earliest souvenirs was for Princess Elizabeth’s wedding day in 1947, and subsequent publications documented other memorable royal occasions. As the list grew, subjects widened to include cathedrals, stately homes, museums, and intriguing sites like 10 Downing Street.

The team at Pitkin have stayed true to Mr Pitkin’s legacy, publishing souvenir guides that include lavish illustrations and an informative and accessible text.

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