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Fred Dibnah , David Hall
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3 July 2003
Britains favourite steeplejack and industrial enthusiastic, the late Fred Dibnah, takes us back to the 18th century when the invention of the steam engine gave an enormous impetus to the development of machinery of all types. He reveals how the steam engine provided the first practical means of generating power from heat to augment the old sources of power (from muscle, wind and water) and provided the main source of power for the Industrial Revolution. In Fred Dibnahs Age of Steam Fred shares his passion for steam and meets some of the characters who devote their lives to finding, preserving and restoring steam locomotives, traction engines and stationary engines, mill workings and pumps. Combined with this will be the stories of central figures of the time, including James Watts - inventor of the steam engine - and Richard Trevithick who played a key role in the expansion of industrial Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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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: 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,222 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

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good on history & some funny tales. 6 Aug 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading at an affordable price 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous review of Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 9 Jun 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fed again............ 17 Nov 2012
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Books by and about Fred are always popular especially with folk keen on Steam. This book did not dissapoint and was a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam 8 Feb 2009
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Had a quick look at this, as it was a gift for an older family member who said it was a great read for a steam fanatic.
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