A new book on the life of inventor James Watt is being published next month.

“The Power to change the world: James Watt (1736-1819) A Life in 50 Objects”, edited by Malcolm Dick and Kate Croft, is out on May 10.

Publishers History West Midlands say the book charts a “fascinating, complicated and iconic figure”.

You can find out more about the book at two Scottish launch events:

A spokesperson for Inverclyde Council – organising the Greenock event at the town’s Beacon Arts Centre – said: “Spaces are limited so they must be booked through eventbrite.com. Tea and coffee will be served, then Dr Malcolm Dick, OBE, will give a short talk followed by questions and a book signing. The book is available to pre-order from www.historywm.com and will be available to buy on the day.”

You can listen to Malcolm talking about James Watt’s life here.

The cover of the new book "The Power to Change The World: James Watt (1736-1819) A Life In 50 Objects"

The cover of the new book “The Power to Change The World: James Watt (1736-1819) A Life In 50 Objects”