The Motoring Age

The Motoring Age : The Automobile and Britain 1896-1939

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In the forty years before the Second World War Britain was changed for ever by the automobile. This rich, evocative and entertaining book charts that transformation. At first motoring was a sport, the car a plaything of the rich - think King Edward and Mr Toad. Soon motor transport - its value confirmed many times over in the war - became central to the economy. The automobile became an instrument of civilization and rejuvenated countryside, towns and villages left derelict by agricultural depression. The car was a symbol of individual liberty for men - and women; it was glamorous and stylish and sexy too.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 144 x 226 x 26mm | 340.2g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1861973837
  • 9781861973832

About Peter Thorold

Peter Thorold was born in London and educated in the United States and Britain, reading history at New College, Oxford. His professional career was spent in the City as an insurance broker and as a director of a number of companies. He is the author of The London Rich (1999) a? 'crowded with vivid details and entertaining anecdotes ... it is also a serious work of scholarship' (Philip Ziegler)
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amusing, informative and beautifully illustrated * Classic Cars * Peter Thorold's book is a well-researched anecdotal account of most areas of the motor car's influence in the period leading up to the Second World War. * The Independent on Sunday * a witty and engrossing ride ... This book will make you glad you hopped on board * Good Book Guide * compact, well-sprung and nippy * Daily Telegraph * Thorold's impressively well-grounded yet enormously enjoyable history reveals the remarkable impact the automobile had on our country and our lives. -- Michael Kerrigan * The Scotsman *
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