Biographies of Working Men

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(3.9 stars; 8 reviews)

Grant Allen was an anthropologist, scientific writer, novelist and poet, though the biographer and writer Frank Harris has said of him that "He could be described with more 'ists' than anyone else I ever saw. He was an atheist and pacifist and socialist, a botanist and zoologist and optimist, a chemist and physicist, a scientist of scientists, a monist, meliorist and hedonist…". As a novelist, he is noted as a pioneer in both the detective and science fiction genres. He was born in Canada but spent the latter part of his life in England.

"Biographies of Working Men" is a volume containing brief biographies of seven men from working class backgrounds who went on to excel in their chosen fields. They are: Thomas Telford, George Stephenson, John Gibson, William Herschel, Jean François Millet, James Garfield and Thomas Edward.
- Summary by Noel Badrian (5 hr 51 min)


01 - Thomas Telford, Stonemason - Part 1 22:12 Read by NoelBadrian
02 - Thomas Telford, Stonemason - Part 2 23:00 Read by NoelBadrian
03 - George Stephenson, Engine-man - Part 1 26:10 Read by NoelBadrian
04 - George Stephenson, Engine-man - Part 2 28:38 Read by NoelBadrian
05 - John Gibson, sculptor - Part 1 29:03 Read by NoelBadrian
06 - John Gibson, sculptor - Part 2 25:56 Read by NoelBadrian
07 - William Herschel, bandsman - Part 1 24:05 Read by NoelBadrian
08 - William Herschel, bandsman - Part 2 25:17 Read by NoelBadrian
09 - Jean François Millet, painter - Part 1 21:45 Read by NoelBadrian
10 - Jean François Millet, painter - Part 2 19:09 Read by NoelBadrian
11 - James Garfield, canal boy - Part 1 28:20 Read by NoelBadrian
12 - James Garfield, canal boy - Part 2 26:11 Read by NoelBadrian
13 - Thomas Edward, shoemaker - Part 1 25:29 Read by NoelBadrian
14 - Thomas Edward, shoemaker - Part 2 26:16 Read by NoelBadrian


(5 stars)

An enthralling collection about the lives of some great men whose life works benefited man. They fought against poverty and general ignorance to educate themselves, each in a field of interest to which they were not born . Very interesting and superbly read.

(5 stars)

Noel Badrian’s soothing voice, kindness and sense of equality and humanity are perfectly matched to these encouraging histories