I have a confession to make. When I was first offered this book on the phone, paying insufficient attention, I heard ‘Cultural history … on Rhodes,’ and said ‘yes’ with alacrity. The Colossus … the magnificent medieval city …. the Knights Hospitaller and the tragic siege of 1522 … Yes please. But by the end of the conversation, I realised with a sinking heart what I had let myself in for. Not Rhodes, but roads. The M6, the A303, the Newbury bypass. On Roads.