Brunel and His World None

  • Title: Brunel and His World
  • Author: John Pudney
  • ISBN: 9780500130476
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Unknown Binding
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    1. John Pudney

      John Sleigh Pudney was born in Langley, Buckinghamshire He attended Gresham s School, where he was a contemporary of W.H Auden He worked as a radio producer and scriptwriter for the BBC and as a war correspondent, before joining the RAF in 1940 Before the war he had written two published books of verse, Spring Encounter and Open the Sky, two collections of stories and Jacobson s Ladder, a novel During the war he was recruited by the British Government to write about the work of air crews in a way that could be understood by the general public A Squadron Leader, he served in Africa, the Mediterranean and France.He became a reviewer for the Daily Express after the end of the war and Literary Editor of News Review from 1948 1950 He then joined the publishers Putnam as a director He was an extraordinarily prolific writer, producing twenty collections of poetry, dozens of novels, children s books, short stories and two plays His non fiction included a history of lavatories, The Smallest Room, and an official history of the Battle of Malta.Probably his most famous poem, For Johnny , was written on the back of an envelope during an air raid on London in 1941 This simple, twelve lined poem seemed to encapsulate the mood of the war taking place in the air at this time It first appeared in the News Chronicle and was read on radio by Lawrence Olivier and quoted by Michael Redgrave in a war time film, The Way to The Stars, and has appeared in numerous anthologies

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    1. This very readable biography of one of Britain s greatest engineers steams as speedily through his life as he actually lived it Isembard Kingdom Brunel was the archetypal workaholic entrepreneur a focussed, even obsessed, man with the grandest of visions, who paid attention to detail and had the ability and drive to perform individual tasks himself whenever required in order to fulfil his projects Like many in this position, he was constantly just one step ahead of disaster, financial or otherwi [...]


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