The Brunels

My latest proofreading project, which I completed earlier today for Pen & Sword Books, was a biography of both Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his father, Marc Brunel. The manuscript was an overview of their respective careers and how they overlapped. A most interesting read; I certainly learnt some new facts such as Marc Brunel being the inventor of the tunnel cutting shield and Isambard developing a temporary hospital, which was used during the Crimean War. The two men did not possess exactly the same skill set. Author Anthony Burton describes Marc as more of an inventor whilst Isambard was an engineer. Both men left behind great legacies, Marc with his Thames Tunnel, between Wapping and Rotherhithe (today part of the London Overground railway system), and Isambard with the Great Western Railway’s main railway line from London Paddington to Bristol, still today a major trunk route.

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