Title: London's Firefighters
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
London's Firefighters is a wonderfully readable, lavishly illustrated anthology of articles, fiction and verse about the London Fire Brigade, most of it gathered from the Brigade's house magazines London Fireman (1966-82) and London Firefighter (1982-2005). Num Pages: 336 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DBKESL; DQ; HBJD1; HBTB; JKSW2. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 236 x 158 x 19. Weight in Grams: 744. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781784555412
Synopsis: London's Firefighters is a wonderfully readable, lavishly illustrated anthology of articles, fiction and verse about the London Fire Brigade, most of it gathered from the Brigade's house magazines London Fireman (1966-82) and London Firefighter (1982-2005).
The book's editor David C. Pike, himself a retired firefighter, has cleverly selected material that delivers both a comprehensive history of the London Fire Brigade and a fascinating portrait of individual firemen and women, at work and (occasionally) at play. The book includes vivid, occasionally harrowing articles on important events involving the Brigade - the Sidney Street Siege of 1911, the London Blitz and the 1981 Brixton riots, to name just a few - as well as covering key figures within the Brigade like James Braidwood and Massey Shaw. The more personal sections provide a revealing insight into the bravery, commitment and camaraderie of ordinary working firefighters and their families.
The numerous, often highly dramatic illustrations, many from the London Fire Brigade's own collection, offer a lively commentary on the text.
All the profits from this book will go to the Fire Service charity, Firemen Remembered.
David Pike was a London firefighter for more than 30 years, retiring at senior rank in 1996. His first book, Beyond the Flames, was published by Austin Macauley in 2013.
A fascinating peek into the world of the London Fire Brigade. A finalist and highly recommended.' The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2014/15, on Beyond the Flames
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