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The Wheelwright’s Shop Cambridge University Press George Sturt


16th January 2013 History Books 0 Comments

George Sturt’s frank and moving account of his trade as a wheelwright in the late nineteenth century offers a unique glimpse into the working lives of craftsmen in a world since banished by technology. The wheelwright’s shop where he entered business had been operating for two centuries; this chronicle, first published in 1923, is a poignant record of that tradition, written as it was passing into history. E. P. Thompson’s new foreword acclaims the significance of Sturt’s engaging narrative as a vital document in the history of labour at the turn of the century.

‘ … a classic … Mr Sturt’s masterpiece. A delightfully urbane and informing book, full of valuable material for the social historian and a sheer pleasure to read.’ New Statesman

‘It shows in the author a combination of the gifts of a handicraftsman, the actual maker of things, with the powers of a writer, in a way not common in English literature.’ The Times Literary Supplement

George Sturt’s frank and moving account of his trade as a wheelwright in the late nineteenth century offers a unique glimpse into the working lives of craftsmen in a world since banished by technology.

‘ … a classic … Mr Sturt’s masterpiece. A delightfully urbane and informing book, full of valuable material for the social historian and a sheer pleasure to read.’ New Statesman

‘It shows in the author a combination of the gifts of a handicraftsman, the actual maker of things, with the powers of a writer, in a way not common in English literature.’ The Times Literary Supplement

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