Bridges of the world

Project Summary

A fully illustrated book on 64 bridges that tell a special story.

I have never had to gain such rapid expertise on a subject as when I embarked, with my wife, on writing this book within an extremely tight deadline. We uncovered extraordinary stories of human ingenuity and failings.

Working closely with our editor, we honed the list of 64 bridges that had a special story to tell. Each was featured in one or two spreads, with photos, statistics and running text. Plus box features on other bridges where parallel stories emerged.

Published by the AA, this 256-page all-colour large-format book sold out rapidly and was reprinted once. It sold out again but has since been out of print.

  • Bridges that broke records, and bridges that simply broke in half
  • Ancient Chinese spans and vast concrete and steel structures
  • The recycling of the Hungerford Bridge in London into the constituent parts of the Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Bridges that returned from the ashes, such as the Kapellbrücke in Lucerne and Stari Most, destroyed in the Yugoslavia conflict in 1993

Bridges featured

(by country, then chronological order within each country)


  • Stari Most Bosnia and Herzogovinia
  • Charles Bridge Czech Republic
  • Great Belt Fixed Link Denmark
  • Oresund Bridge Denmark/Sweden
  • Pont Neuf France
  • Millau Viaduct France
  • Pont de Normandie France
  • Pont du Gard France
  • Pont d'Avignon France
  • Pont Valentré France
  • Pons Fabricius Italy
  • Bridge of Sighs Italy
  • Rialto Bridge Italy
  • Ponte Vecchio Italy
  • Vasco da Gama Bridge Portugal
  • Alamillo Bridge Spain
  • Alcantara Bridge Spain
  • Puente Nuevo Spain
  • New Arsta Bridge Sweden
  • Kapellbrücke Switzerland
  • Stone Bridge of Adana Turkey
  • Postbridge Clapper Bridge UK
  • Mathematical Bridge UK
  • The Iron Bridge UK
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge UK
  • Telford and Stephenson's Bridges UK
  • Royal Albert Bridge UK
  • Tower Bridge UK
  • Forth Rail Bridge UK
  • Middlesbrough Transporter UK
  • Humber Bridge UK
  • Severn Bridge UK
  • Gateshead Millennium Bridge UK
  • Millennium Bridge UK


  • Suez Canal Bridge Egypt
  • Victoria Falls Bridge Zambia/Zimbabwe


  • Luding Iron-Chain Bridge China
  • Zhaozhou Bridge China
  • Hangzhou Bay Bridge China
  • Lugou Bridge China
  • Howrah Bridge India
  • Si-O-Se Pol Iran
  • Akashi-Kakyo Bridge Japan
  • Kintai Bridge Japan


  • Story Bridge Australia
  • Gladesville Bridge Australia
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Australia


  • Confederation Bridge Canada
  • Quebec Bridge Canada
  • Covered bridges USA/Canada
  • George Washington Bridge USA
  • Brooklyn Bridge USA
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge USA
  • New River Gorge Bridge USA
  • Lake Pontchartrain Causeway USA
  • Golden Gate Bridge USA
  • San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge USA
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge USA


  • Bridge of the Americas Panama
  • Movable bridges South and Central America
  • Rio-Niteroí Bridge Brazil
  • Juscelini Kubtschek Bridge Brazil
  • Inca rope bridges Peru

It is a magnificent evocation of the glory of great bridges across time and continents and I am reading it with the greatest of pleasure. I am particularly taken by the outstanding photography, complemented so ably by Tim and Anne Locke in their text.

Sir Neil Cossons, former Chair of English Heritage –

What readers think

A tour round all continents, showing a selection of major bridges, from the longest covered bridge in the world in New Brunswick to the most audacious modern constructions by Japanese engineers. Superbly photographed; all these works of art are accompanied by descriptive panels giving the essentials from impeccable research on each one. The word ‘sensational’ is totally justified when applied to a book as knowledgeable as it is beautiful.

Louis Bergeron
Patrimoine de l'Industrie magazine

For someone with little or no connection to the bridge building industry I would have to confess that the bridge design section at my local bookstore would probably not be my first port of call — and that would be my loss completely because this book is informative, fascinating and engaging from the very first page.

Informative because it told me what I don't know about the history of bridge building (which was an awful lot) and it does it in a way that does not feel dumbed down or condescending at all. It provides a comprehensive summary of the development of bridges around the world — this part actually read like a story and was reminiscent of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. I wanted to know what happened next — what came after cantilevers for example or how the process of bridge development spread around the world and across continents and frontiers to create some of the most awe-inspiring structures.

Review on freelibrary.com

Bought this for a new man in my life who had said he is particularly keen on bridges. When it was delivered, I was really pleased with what a lovely book it was. The photographs are beautiful and even I liked it and I have little interest in engineering. Anyway, he absolutely LOVED the book, poured over it for ages and ages and still keeps talking about it. Thank you.


Anybody who appreciates bridges for their intrinsic appeal, and not merely as a functional necessity, is likely to love this book as much as I do.


I bought this book for my 10-year-old son for his birthday as he's mad on all things construction. He absolutely loves it. It's a great looking book, the photos are excellent and there are lots of interesting facts and figures.

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