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John Britten
The boy who did do better
by Jennifer Beck

A Ducati motorcycle wins the Battle of the Twins race but second place is a surprise - an almost unknown motorcycle called a Britten

Little is known about the bike. Then rumour spreads that the sleek machine was hand-built by some fellow in his home workshop, in a remote place called New Zealand

John Britten designed everything from a tool to make a tool to make a staircase, to the world's most advanced motorbike

Yet he was a failure at school. Seen as slow by his teachers, his schoolbooks attest to his wonderful visualising ability & engineering understanding

An inspirational, true-life story of a design-engineering genius

The book is fully illustrated with photographs of the amazing architecture, artwork and designs he produced during his sadly short life


Shortlisted for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Elsie Locke Medal for Non-Fiction 2005 & New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Non-Fiction Award 2005

Author Jennifer Beck worked on this for over 4 years, interviewing family members and gathering photographs from various archives. She sees John's story as hugely inspirational for students who are struggling at school - especially boys

Soft bound
28 x 21 cm
40 pages

Good condition. Minor cut at edge of back cover

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