There's more than a little sentimentalism in this book. With its desire to contain all of England, in a county-by-county scheme meant again to aid quizmasters, it is quite a tribute to English pride. You could go to Woolsthorpe in Lincolnshire and sit under a 'descendant of t hat apple tree' that Newton himself sat under, in the orchard where 'the modern world began and science was conceived.' You could follow the story of Henry Royce who wanted to create the bestest car in the world. You could, in one of the brief moments of humour, learn about Walter Arnold, first in 1896 to be convicted of speeding in an automobile, which had to be caught by a selfless constable, who abandoned his dinner to chase after the 2mph car on his bike over 5 miles.
Yes, there's enough pride here to fly a balloon for the first time over Britain, from London S. James to Standon in Herfordshire in 1784. But you'd be Italian, then, and your name would be Vincenzo Lunardi.
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