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It is 1852, Brunel has long suspected interference in one of his most prestigious schemes: London to New York via Bristol on One Single Ticket.

He is determined to reveal the identity of his adversary – this is what happens.

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“It is actually a nice yarn, told at a breathless pace and easy to read. I enjoyed it. It is a sort of detective story, with a Richard Hannay type of hero straight out of a John Buchan thriller and it goes with a swing.” – Professor R. Angus Buchanan, University of Bath (an acclaimed Brunel expert and one of the best-known of Brunel’s biographers).

Research references:

‘The Ocean Railway.’  Stephen Fox. Harper Collins: 2003.
‘When Britain burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington.’ Peter Snow. John Murray: 2013.
‘Brunel.’ Angus Buchanan. Continuum: 2001.
‘Bristol: Maritime City.’  Frank Shipsides. Redcliffe: 1981.
‘Brunel.’  LTC Rolt. Trinity: 1965.
‘The Voyages of the Great Britain.’ Nicholas Fogg. Chatham: 2002.
‘The Annals of Bristol History.’ John Latimer (1-9). 1863.
‘Report of the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade on the Abandonment of Portbury Pier and Railway.’  House of Commons: 1852.
‘Portbury Pier and Railway. Plan and Section.’ IK Brunel: 1845.
‘Harbours and Docks.’  Francis Vernon Harcourt: 1885.
IKB through time – John Christopher. Amberley 2010.