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.
Author Keith Langston Publisher ‘Pen and Sword Books Ltd.