Meet one of the men who made 19th century Bradford. Bradford industrialist Sir Isaac Holden (1807-1897) was a self-made man, rising from poverty to great wealth thanks to the invention of the square motion comb. Holden’s Ghosts, by Sir Isaac’s descendant Tony Holden, is the first ever biography of this remarkable character, and draws extensively on the Holden Papers in Special Collections to tell the story.
The book has plenty to offer readers interested in the history of Bradford, the wool industry, Victorian social and family life, late 19th century politics (Sir Isaac became an MP) and even French history (he set up factories there). It can be bought online as a Kindle edition.