Following on from the highly successful Famous Folk from Co. Down, in this second title in the series, author Jane Crosbie switches her attention to Belfast.
With her easily read chatty style Jane brings a range of historical figures to life (one has to be dead to feature!). Scientists, industrialists, philanthropists and revolutionaries all feature and Jane has made sure to include members of the fairer sex whose key roles have often been unfairly airbrushed from history.
For example, did you know that the Royal Victoria Hospital should really have been named after the wife of the man behind the Titanic?
That a Belfast songstress holds the record for having the most hits in the UK top 20 at one time?
That a Belfast scientist played a vital part in developing the first transatlantic telegraph cables and along the way invented the inkjet printer?
That another proved one of Einstein’s theories wrong and opened up whole new fields in quantum mechanic?
Then you need to read this book about:
- Isabella Tod
- John Stewart Bell
- James Joseph Magennis VC
- Henry Joy and Mary Ann McCracken
- William Thomson, Lord Kelvin
- Chaim Herzog
- Jack Kyle O.B.E.
- James Ellis
- William and Margaret Pirrie
- Winnifred Carney
- Ruby Murray
- Sir Crawford McCullagh