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World’s Most Magnificent Machines

David Long
Illustrated by Simon Tyler

Taking our lead from the travel posters of the 20s and 30s, a beautiful and thrilling round-up of 32 of the best Magnificent Machines from across history.

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A beautiful and thrilling round-up of 32 of the best Magnificent Machines from across history by Blue Peter award-winning David Long.

The longest ship ever built, the heaviest digger and the largest aeroplane, the world’s first working motorcar, and its most expensive one. What machines like these have in common is that they all say a lot about the inventiveness and imagination of the people who conceived and created them. Some of them are useful, others are just a bit of fun, but the best ones are truly magnificent, and fascinating to discover.

Designed to drive faster, fly higher, carry more cargo or – in the case of space rockets – travel hundreds of thousands of miles to places no-one has ever been before, not every idea has worked but the best have been inspired and inspirational, and in a few cases they have gone on to change the world.

It is the human stories and atmospheric art that make this a book to actually read and delight in.

Critic Reviews

Machines to captivate every child... accessible, well-written, and interesting content

School Reading List
Critic Reviews

Sumptuously illustrated throughout... alongside Long's trademark humour, erudition and insight into the very human stories that went into making these marvellous machines. A gift book made in mechanical heaven!

Lancashire Post
Critic Reviews

This book will be poured over by any young readers who is interested in vehicles, speed and inventions

Books Up North
Critic Reviews

I liked that I could choose what machine I wanted to learn about, and then share what I learnt with my Mum and Dad

Will, age 8, Books Up North
Critic Reviews

Exquisitely produced, each spread is filled with the most glorious illustrations that are bound to delight readers. A highly covetable and intriguing read

Book Lover Jo
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This is an inspirational record of achievement and a fact-lovers dream

Armadillo Magazine

Writer and historian David Long is the author of the acclaimed Animals’ VC: For Gallantry and Devotion and more than twenty other non-fiction books on a wide range of historical subjects. Jet the Rescue Dog, the first of several titles for younger readers, was published by Faber in 2014. He lives in Suffolk and has two teenage sons.

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