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  • Published: 15 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409011385
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes




The extraordinary stories of the great Victorian engineers who inspired Fred Dibnah

By his own admission, Fred Dibnah was a man born out of his time. His era should have been the 'magnificent age of British engineering', the nineteenth century, and his heroes were the great industrial engineers of that time. Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes tells the stories of some of these men – from James Watt to Thomas Telford; George Stephenson to Isambard Kingdom Brunel – and what it was that made them such inspirational figures to Fred. What were their backgrounds? What provided their drive and vision? What sort of people were they - at work and at home? And what was the contribution they made to the history of industry and engineering? Most of them were colourful, larger-than-life characters who had confidence in progress and their ability to overcome any obstacle. They were men for whom no challenge was too great, whose 'tackle anything' approach was one that was always shared by Fred. This is a great slice of Victorian social history, told straight from the inimitable Fred Dibnah.

  • Pub date: 15 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409011385
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

David Hall

David Hall started and built his own business from nothing to over a hundred employees working from fourteen centres across the UK. David has published two previous titles for entrepreneurs: In the Company of Heroes and The Hallmarks for a Successful Business, and both wrote and presented the BBC TV series Winning, which won a Royal Television Society Award. He was also awarded the Ernst & Young Northern Region Entrepreneur of the Year award as a Supporter of Entrepreneurship. He is a Fellow of Durham University and a Visiting Fellow of the University of York. He was recently appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at the Barclays Centre for Entrepreneurship at Durham Business School.

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Praise for Fred Dibnah's Victorian Heroes

“Dibnah, a true man of the people ... you can almost hear the echoes and smell the oil and smoke”

Manchester Evening News

“Straight talking, frank speaking - with Fred Dibnah you got what it says on the tin”

Daily Telegraph


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