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Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes [Paperback]

David Hall
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7 Jun 2012

Fred Dibnah was a man born out of his time. His era should have been the 'magnificent age of British engineering' - the nineteenth century - and his heroes were the great industrial engineers of the period whose prolific innovations and dedicated work ethic inspired a national mood of optimism and captured the hearts of the British public.

Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes tells the stories of some of these men - including George and Robert Stephenson, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Joseph Whitworth - and what it was that made them such inspirational figures to Fred. What were their backgrounds? Where did their drive and vision come from? What sort of people were they at work and at home? And what was their contribution to the history of industry and engineering?

Most of them - like Fred - were colourful, larger-than-life characters for whom no challenge was too great. Taking these fascinating characters as inspiration, Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes gets to the very heart of what allowed nineteenth-century Britannia to rule the waves . . .

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552161292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552161299
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,376 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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"Straight talking, frank speaking - with Fred Dibnah you got what it says on the tin" (Daily Telegraph)

"Dibnah, a true man of the people... you can almost hear the echoes and smell the oil and smoke" (Manchester Evening News)

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The extraordinary stories of the great Victorian engineers who inspired Fred Dibnah

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes 8 Nov 2011
For those interested in British History especially in the Victorian era this is a well worth read and excellent value for money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 30 April 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It has a few quotes from Fred Dibnah but is well written by David Hall and goes into just the right amount of detail about the lives and achievements of the ''heroes'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes 14 Jan 2013
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Fred Dibnah was one of my hubbies heroes and he is really enjoying reading this.It made a lovely Christmas present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engineering History 7 Mar 2014
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Excellent read and a gripping book which was difficult to put down. Very informative regarding engineering feats and engineers of th nineteenth century.
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