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William Armstrong:
Magician of the North
Henrietta Heald

William George Armstrong was a visionary inventor, scientist and businessman who bestrode the 19th-century world like a colossus, bringing global renown to his Elswick works at Newcastle upon Tyne, which employed 25,000 people in the manufacture of hydraulic cranes, ships and armaments. He created Cragside in Northumberland, and planted in its grounds seven million trees; his guests at Cragside included the Shah of Persia, the King of Siam, the Prime Minister of China and two future British kings.

Magician of the North is much more than the life of one man, however. It is the story of Britain at the height of empire, riding the crest of industrial and technological success. The Queen and the Prince Consort played a vital role in fostering the scientific ferment, but so did characters such as Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley.

The Author

Henrietta Heald is a writer and editor with a particular interest in British history, politics, architecture and the countryside. A graduate of Durham University, she has had a long and successful career as an editor in book publishing. She was chief editor of Chronicle of Britain and Ireland and other bestselling histories. Henrietta lives in Islington, north London. Magician of the North is her first book.

"Armstrong deserves to be recognised as one of the titans of the 19th century… this book should do much to readdress the balance."
Country Life

"...a fascinating new book about him demonstrates that he is just as relevant now as he was in Victorian times."
BBC North

"Magician of the North is that rare combination of very detailed and very readable..."
Northern Echo

"Magician of the North is essential reading for anyone interested in the power and greatness of Victorian England, to which Armstrong's contribution was as great as that of the railway engineers such as Stephenson and Brunel."
Len Deighton

"A wonderful subject, ripe for rediscovery."
Melvyn Bragg

"Superbly researched, this intimate, authoritative portrait reveals as never before the extraordinary achievements of a multi-faceted Victorian giant."
David Kynaston

"A excellent book... hugely enjoyable."
Alexander Armstrong