A Cast-Iron Will – Sheila Dibnah

July 4, 2013

in Biography/Memoirs, Book Releases, Publications

A Cast-Iron Will


  Author: Sheila Dibnah

  Release Date: 30th June 2013

  Format: Paperback

  ISBN: 978-1-908098- 82-5


Fearless courage, a passion for ‘mechanicing’  and an open, friendly smile made steeplejack Fred Dibnah a familiar name worldwide. His ability to demolish chimneys and lovingly resurrect vintage machinery was documented in a number of programmes that are still shown regularly on TV.

There was, however, much more to the man than his public image. In her memoir, A Cast-Iron Will, Sheila Dibnah reveals the story of her marriage to Fred. From their first meeting in Bolton to the final, troubled days of her husband’s life when he cut her out of his Will as he lay dying, she presents a moving, funny and sensitive tribute to this great man.

From their first meeting, an enduring friendship developed between the diminutive engineer and the striking, six-foot, blonde ex-showgirl. As that friendship deepened, Sheila discovered the complexities of a seemingly straightforward individual – his insecurities about his lack of education and his humble roots, and the scars he already bore after two failed marriages. Living with a public figure is never easy and Sheila charts the problems that arose as Fred’s profile soared. At the same time, through anecdotes of their time together, she presents a vivid picture of a passionate relationship that transformed both of their lives.

When Sheila’s father suffered a fatal fall and Fred was diagnosed with terminal cancer on the same day, their world began to fall apart…
This is no ‘kiss and tell’ but a genuine tribute to the man that Sheila loved and with whom she hoped to spend the rest of her life. Her words will resonate with anyone who has lost a partner. And to Fred’s fans, it gives a unique and intimate portrait of a truly great man.




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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Louise Kerr July 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Amazingly fast delivery!! Ordered my copy of “Sheila Dibnah’s ~ Cast Iron Will” on 4th July & it arrived in pristine condition on 8th July!! Highly recommended :)

Catherine Cousins July 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Thanks for the feedback Louise – hope you enjoy the book.

Denise Ogden-Deacon July 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

My copy of the “Cast Iron Will” by Sheila Dibnah arrived this morning….. fantastic, a fast delivery!! so looking forward to this “amazing read”!!

forum July 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Thank you Denise. Sounds like you have your weekend accounted for!

forum July 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Thank you Louise
They seem to be flying off our shelves at the moment – glad it arrived safe and sound. DO let us know what you think once you have read it.

christopher rycroft September 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

Started reading the book and could not put it down, very captivating, im so glad Sheila has let us in to a small piece of her and Freds life, it has answered so many of the un-answered questions for me. Well done Sheila, fantastic, Chris.

forum September 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

Thank you Christopher for taking the time to give us your feedback – ‘captivating’ is a word that keeps cropping up in respect of this book. I know Sheila reads all the comments and will be pleased to read that you have enjoyed the book.

Steve Blyth April 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

Still waiting for the e-book :-)

forum May 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Thanks for the prompt Steve – its being prepared for Mid May – so keep an eye out!

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