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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; illustrated edition edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563487437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563487432
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hall is a bestselling writer of non-fiction as well as a highly successful television producer. His thirty years producing and directing network television programmes include a number of years at Yorkshire Television, as well as making landmark documentaries and popular factual series for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Discovery and the History Channel. The biographer of Fred Dibnah, he was also Fred's TV producer and a close personal friend for many years. He has published a number of books celebrating Fred's life, interests and television work, as well as 'Manchester's Finest', an account of life in Manchester in the aftermath of the Munich air disater and 'Working Lives', the forgotten voices of Britain's post-war working class

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A loving testimony to a seemingly lost era of beautiful machines and elegant engineering -- The Good Book Guide, 1st July 2003

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FRED DIBNAH has always been a man out of his own time. Growing up a youth in the 1940s in Bolton, Lancashire, he lived near the railway lines and there began a lifelong fascination with steam locomotives. Fred's love for all things steam is also a practical one; for the last 27years, he has been renovating a steam boiler and engine in his back garden and it is now nearly complete. As Fred grew up, despite parental disapproval, he pursued his first goal of becoming a steeplejack, and it was his outstanding skill in his chosen profession that led to his first appearance on television. DAVID HALL, once a journalist and teacher, has been producer for over 25years, making programmes for the BBC, ITV Network, Channel 4 and other broadcasters around the world. He worked with Fred since 1998 on Industrial Age, Buildings of Britain and Age if Steam. His latest work includes a documentary on Fred's garden and Founders of the Great Dynasties for History Channel International. He enjoys travel, fell-walking and watching Manchester United whom he has followed since the 1950s.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. M. Jacobs on 6 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are already a fan of the late & great Fred, then this will be a brilliant read. You can hear his wonderful voice as he tells the story of steam.

However, even if you have never heard of Fred, this is still a very good book with which to get a good overview of the Industrial Revolution and the vital part that steam power played in it.

Intertwined with the history are some colourful stories relating to real people and events and these just serve to bring the subject alive for the reader.

Overall an excellent and entertaining read.
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By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2015
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In “Age of Steam” Fred Dibnah and David Hall give us a very readable, personal, and surprisingly thorough history of the development of steam power in Great Britain. The style is chatty and personable, and full of Fred’s little anecdotes (I love the account of him crashing a steam roller).

What I really love about the book though is that it doesn’t take the familiar path through steam history that many popular histories lazily take - Newcomen - Watt - Stevenson - Brunel. Actually this isn’t the real path at all: James Watt had virtually nothing to do with the development of steam locomotion. In the book the authors explain the difference between low pressure steam used in static engines (as developed by Watt and Boulton) and the high pressure steam of locomotives which had a very different development route. In addition, the authors take the time to include other figures important in the development of steam whose names are less familiar to us now; and they devote considerable space to the steam turbine which still plays an important role in all our lives.

All in all this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it. Fred is sadly missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Norton on 11 Mar. 2011
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I ordered this book for an elderly friend who is a great Fred Dibnah fan. The book was used but in really good condition. The service was good and speedy. My friend is delighted with his purchase.
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This is a really well scripted book. Written virtually as the man would have spoken, Fred was not a man of words, he was a man of action. He could make anything but he could not write it down. He had a wonderful gift. He could tell a good story. His was a factual statement. He knew what was good and he knew how to explain it in lay-man terms. This book tells of the men he admired , what they did and how they did it. It really is a very good read, It is factual and accurate but not wordy. He was in awe of these men, but he built his own steam engine and he dug a mine in his back garden. How many people could even think of doing that.
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