Raising Steam : (Discworld novel 40)
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It s all change for Moist von Lipwig, swindler, conman, and (naturally) head of the Royal Bank and Post Office.
A steaming, clanging new invention, driven by Dick Simnel, the man with t flat cap and t sliding rule, is drawing astonished crowds - including a few particularly keen young men armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear and suddenly it s a matter of national importance that the trains run on time.
Moist does not enjoy hard work. His . . .vital input at the bank and post office consists mainly of words, which are not that heavy. Or greasy. And it certainly doesn t involve rickety bridges, runaway cheeses or a fat controller with knuckledusters. What he does enjoy is being alive, which may not be a perk of running the new railway. Because, of course, some people have OBJECTIONS, and they ll go to extremes to stop locomotion in its tracks.
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Pages: 480 pages
Publication Date: 07/11/2013