- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552154881
- ISBN-13: 978-0552154888
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Fred: The Definitive Biography Of Fred Dibnah Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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The official biography of a national treasure - now in paperback.
From the Back Cover
Fred Dibnah won the hearts of millions of viewers with his television programmes about his life as a steeplejack, and his passion for the industrial history of Britain. With his trademark flat cap, enthusiasm and knowledge of the country's steam past, his gift for storytelling, and his cry of 'Did you like that?' as another giant chimney slid to earth behind him, he quickly became a genuine favourite with viewers.
This is an intimate portrait of Fred, from his childhood in Bolton, to his days as a steeplejack - the job he was to love above all others - and on to his successful television career. We discover all the different sides of Fred's personality - engineer, steeplejack, artist, craftsman, steam enthusiast, inventor, storyteller and eccentric. This definitive biography will delight Fred's many fans.
'Fred Dibnah, philosopher and steeplejack, has been representing the people for nearly 20 years'
'Dibnah, a true man of the people...you can almost hear the echoes and smell the oil and smoke in this affectionate delve into his life'
Manchester Evening News
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Top Customer Reviews
Nice one Fred (and David)
It is written in Fred language which makes it easy to follow and the last few chapters tell you all the things that never showed up in the TV series. A good read and definitely worth buying.
This book covers all of Fred's public life from his earliest chimney fellings to his final demise. It discusses his highs and lows and his marriages and gives a real insight into Fred the man, rather than just the TV character. It makes a good read.
However for me the book lacked something and as I neared the end I realised what it was. The author seemed to have little understanding or interest in what interested Fred. David Hall seemed interested in Fred the man but was not interested and did not understand anything about the things that fascinated Fred. I suppose this is good and bad, good in the sense that the author did not get sidetracked into technicalities but bad in the sense that without much understanding how could he convey the enthusiasms that Fred had for steam, engineering and many practical things.
David Hall did a good job in keeping Fred on TV (and therefore entertaining millions and giving Fred an income) but, I feel, he and Fred could never have been kindred spirits.
how to be at ease with oneslf and society without cow-towing to
all the nonsense and hypocrisy of the modern 'p.c.'world.
Quite simply Fred became a National Treasure and this volume is a celebration of that purely fortuitous achievement.
Martyn McGinty (Fairdeal Books).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good informative read, a book I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend.Published 2 months ago by B. Cassells
A compulsive read for anyone with an engineering interest. Fred's adventures around Britain are both revealing and inspiring, a real credit to our heritage.Published 4 months ago by Mr. Jason Smith
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