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Summary

Fred Dibnah's World celebrates the life and work of Britain's best known steeplejack and national treasure, Fred Dibnah. 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 love.

©2006 David Hall (P)2011 Random House AUDIO GO

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Excellent listen, wonderful

This is a wonderful and thoughtful book, it tells the story of the man behind the tv face of Fred. Such a talented and interesting man who truly lived in a past age where values were valued. We share a hero, Brunel and through that I felt a true connection. I will never look at a stack or church tower without thinking of this wonderful man.

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Fantastic Read. Very Moving.

Excellent book with narration that brings it all to life. Final chapter is one of the most moving pieces of text I have come across. Will be listening to this many times.

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The mechanics of the man and his passions

This is quite something of a life story of all of Fred Dibnah's passions. This book made me laugh and brought a lump to my throat, a brilliant listen for all fans of Fred and those who have an interest in him!!!

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a bloody good read

im a man of few words so here goes.. awesome a well worth listen fred is the man oh and bring back national service r.i.p fred

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fred

i enjoyed this book, with the guy doing the audio been very good at Fred's voice, it made for good listening

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  • Joseph
  • Derby, United Kingdom
  • 15-10-11

azzurra

an exellent listen & well narrated. Having watched several of the Fred Dibnah TV series this audio book was an superb account of his life and insight into his character

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Superb

Like a lot of others I love and appreciate the work and knowledge of Dr Fred Dibnah. Having watched all of his released TV programmes I was impressed and loved the passion Fred had about the industrial age amongst others. The way Fred explained things made it easy to understand. I loved this book and the narrator almost perfectly voiced Fred's tone of accent , loved that !
The reason I have the book 4 stars instead of 5 is that I thought it was all too short , not a negative really as I just didn't want it to end. Great story of a wonderful gentleman Fred Dibnah.

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  • Richard
  • Eaton Bray, United Kingdom
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Outstanding

A great book and reading, very moving towards the end. I was almost in tears.

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Lovely read

A really nice, well written, well read book. The essence of Fred. (Nothing more to add but have to leave 15 words minimum)

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great

shows the passion and energy fred had at the same time tells about the fred behind the smile to his last days