on 11 September 2015
For people who know and love Fred Dibnah and his work, this book is a must-have. It complements the video recordings of Fred's last journey as he fulfils his life ambition to travel around Britain with his traction engine that took him more than 20 years to complete. However the journey is bitter sweet because Fred is at this time suffering from cancer and has little time left, just at the point in his life where he has enough money and free time to do all the projects he's been dreaming of for decades.
The book details a lot of struggles and pain that aren't seen in the edited film version of the journey, and it's all the more touching for that when you see how Fred was brave and fearless to the last, driving around on a traction engine when he was seriously sick. On one hand it's great that Fred did manage to fulfil his great ambition, but on the other hand it's sad that by the time he achieved it he was so sick that the activities had to be limited and compromised. David Hall tells the story with genuine affection for Fred and also open honesty of the difficulties that were going on at the time. I'd say watch the videos of Made in Britain first, and then read the book. And then watch the videos again, as I'm going to do now.
on 28 July 2013
Put in the simplest terms, Fred knows what he is doing and who he admires.
This book was a wondefrul read. Fred's bias is on how it was done and he explains it so eloquently
I took this book away on holiday and I could not put it down.
Its factual true, but so well written
I am looking for more Fred books now