On Roads: A Hidden History

Highway 101

Joe Moran

By Profile Books 290pp £14.99

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. 

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