Fred : The Definitive Biography Of Fred Dibnah

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Fred Dibnah's World celebrates the life and work of Britain's best known steeplejack and national treasure, Fred Dibnhah. Before his death in 2004, Fred presented many popular series, including Magnificent Monuments, The Age of Steam and Made in Britain, all of which attracted viewers in their millions. Fred is the companion to the 12-part BBC2 series celebrating the life of this great man, which combines highlights from some of Dibnah's classic programmes with previously unseen footage. The book can of course go much further than the series, including an extraordinarily account of Fred's childhood which evokes a lost England and our great industrial heritage. Fred's passion for the glories of the Victorian age and his fascination with the landscape he grew up in, plus his admiration for the craftsmen and labourers who made it all possible, captivate us on every page. Fred is the personification of everything that made England great in the first place. And this is a glorious tribute to a man whom millions came to more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 28mm | 330g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (Chiefly in col.), ports. (chiefly in col.)
  • 0552154881
  • 9780552154888
  • 346,117

About David Hall

David Hall was Fred Dibnah's TV producer for many years, as well as a friend of the family. He made all of Fred's most recent television series and is also the producer of Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and more

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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' Sunday Telegraph 'Dibnah, a true man of the can almost hear the echoes and smell the oil and smoke in this affectionate delve into his life' Manchester Evening Newsshow more

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