If you (like me) want an overview of where to see the remains of Britain's enormous industrial past, this is a fantastic book. It helps if you've seen Fred Dibnah on television before, because he writes the way he speaks and that can take a bit of getting used to.
In places this book is more a collection of disconnected personal memories than facts, but we can be charitable and agree that that just adds to the charm. In some places, however, it would have been nice to have a bit more explanation behind the technical terms used.
At the end of the book there's the Gazetteer, an overview of Britain with maps and places to see. Places mentioned in the book that are also in the Gazetteer are printed in bold - sadly though there's no indication of where so you end up hunting through the Gazetteer to find the correct page. The index isn't much help here, since it's fairly incomplete and almost randomly organised.
Yet, despite all this, this is a fascinating book. I hope there will be a second edition that expands on the first, and corrects these minor niggles, and that'll be worth 5 stars.