If it is true that every picture tells a story, then this book based on the life and times of the unique Briton, Fred Dibnah tells many a fascinating and compelling tale. With over a hundred fine photographs, Dibnah is brought back to life.

Respected photo-journalist Langston truly captures the essence of the man at every turn of the page. As a steeplejack, he is seen climbing chimneys and knocking them down; as an engineer he is presented working on his beloved traction engine or emerging from a mineshaft sunk in his own back garden; as a successful television presenter and educationalist, he is shown with his degrees and awards and as a father and friend, he is pictured with a beaming smile, sharing more intimate moments with those closest to him.

This is a good book for the aficionado, the steam enthusiast or the industrial historian and just as good for the coffee table and those with only a passing acquaintance of this eccentric one-off. Dibnah captured the heart of a nation and Langton was there to photograph some of it.

The author’s picture essay does justice to the great man, is a good read and more importantly keeps the memory of Dibnah and his legacy alive throughout its interesting and vibrant pages.

Chris Kirwan.


Author Keith Langston Publisher ‘Pen and Sword Books Ltd.