138 x 195 x 32mm
A brilliant, short gem of a book on the small black stone that fuelled the industrial revolution and Britain's rise to Empire, and still powers the world . . .
The Romans called it 'the best stone in Britain' and used it to make jewellery. Coal has transformed societies and launched empires. It fuelled the industrial revolution, inspired the Communist manifesto, and was a catalyst for some of the greatest inventions of all time - from the steam engine to the railroad. Taking us on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of years ago on the banks of the River Tyne and spanned the globe, Barbara Freese shows us the profound and often surprising role coal has played in human history.
A gifted and lively storyteller, Barbara Freese tells the riveting story of how a shiny black lump changed the modern world.