Start reading Dial 999! on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Dial 999!

Dial 999! [Kindle Edition]

Les Pringle
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £6.99
Kindle Price: £3.49 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £3.50 (50%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.49  
Paperback £5.99  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Product Description


"A great read. I loved every page" (Jack Sheffield)

"It's the most wonderfully written book... I do recommend [it] I really do" (Libby Purves, Midweek, Radio 4)

"His fascinating insight will make you laugh [and] cry..." (Yours)

"Les' writing is so good that, even though I know the material inside out, I was still drawn to read more - he's a very engaging a writer... I cannot recommend it enough" (Tom Reynolds, author of "Blood, Sweat and Tea")

Book Description

The heart-warming true life adventures of an ambulance driver in 1970s Britain

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (19 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 12 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I too have waited for it to arrive
after reading the first page knew I had read
and it was Blue lights and long nights which
inside the book it has at the top of the page
very disappointed also think its quite naughty and will put people
off buying his future NEW books
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dial 999 7 Aug 2011
By Penguin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yes, do BEWARE, I had already bought and read Blue Lights and Long Nights and was looking forward to this new book arriving. Alas I was to find out that it is the same book but under a new title. PLEASE DONT DO THIS publishers.
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How sad 20 Aug 2011
Very disappointed to find that this new book by Les Pringle was actually a reprint of a previous book only under a new title.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seconded! 21 Aug 2012
By Rocker
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've now read all Les's books, and, whilst I agree that the 're-branding' of this book leads to disappointment, its content doesn't.
OK ... I'll come clean, I worked alongside Les in the 80's & 90's, serving my time at 'The Street'. I put in more hours per day in the 1989 Dispute than ever I did on the road, and was always amazed at the kindness and generosity of the people of B'ham. From 5am starts on the 'ramp' in New St, (entrance to the Bull Ring), to the evenings around the Brazier at the Street with Colour Sgt Cox, from the communal meals provided by Olga's Curry, JJ's Bacon Butties and M&S Foodhall's "sell by" goodies to the long nights in Curzon St from where we operated our own Birmingham City approved Ambulance Service , I came to know and respect many in the 'old' WMAS. For many years I worked at Coventry and in South B'ham, many of the tales Les relates were echoed or repeated in those areas.
Like Les, I could fill books with tales of unusual calls and heart rending cases. It was not unusual for some of us to cry with the relatives of deceased babies, or to explode with anger at another senseless domestic violence case. I saw good and evil on a daily basis. I dealt with 8 murders in one year. I was placed under 24hr armed police guard when a gang sought to shut me up, and the mortuary became a second home at times.
However, as one can discern in Les's writings,as the years passed, things were getting worse. As Dave, a 28 years service veteran, said to me when he retired early, "When the laughter stops, Its time to get out son!"
So, faced with Corporate Politics and a fragile mental state bought on by 30+ years of emergency service work, I 'got out' ... just as Les did.
This book is the best illustration of the nightmare that Ambulance work in a big, busy City can become. Read it, it's an era lost forever now.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars true story 26 Dec 2013
By alice
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
absolutely brilliant book really opens your eyes to how the old ambulance service was run pity it isn't like that now
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book 26 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i couldnt get enough of this book and was sorry when i got to the last chapter, les pringle has a gift and i also bought call the ambulance which didnt dissapoint me, funny,sad and happy stories.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 2 Aug 2013
By Tilly
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Arrived in good condition and I believe it is a good read. I have read the other book from Les Pringle and have my expectations about this one.,
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars A true picture 17 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you want to join the ambulance service, then read this book. You have to laugh, get upset, or even cry. Then you do it all again in the next shift. It why you carry on working with the ambulance service.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Received in good time. I tem as expected. Satisfied.
Published 26 days ago by Sandra S Malham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic read loved it
Published 2 months ago by Mrajshergold
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
If your new or old to the service or just intrested this and other Les Pringles books well worth a read
Published 19 months ago by Dazza
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Ive given it four stars because of the condition of the book. Well read and well bent but its ok.

The contents are spot on as usual with Les Pringles work... Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Filthy kafir
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
A sad,funny and interesting read, i cried and laughted reading this book, a good insight into the workings of the ambulance service
Published 21 months ago by carol lynne griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars hope good read
have not read it yet,but think will be a good readsa i know quite a lot about amblance personal as my late husband was one for many years
Published 21 months ago by cassy
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as a new.
The book was in great condition and arrived promptly. Super value. The previous readers had certainly looked after it.
Much better than using a kindle
Published 24 months ago by Radney
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what it is like
Les Pringle has the job of to a T, forget all the other blogs and books about "Super Hero's" in the ambulance service, this is day to day life in the "Big Yellow... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Richard Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Great read for anybody who either knows what the Ambulance Service and it's people are like, or wants to know. It's a warts and all book, with equal measures of humour and pain.
Published on 5 Dec 2012 by D E West
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category