All Fired Up

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What to expect

Nothing about the county fire service was quite what Malcolm expected when he joined the watch in Shrewsbury. As the newest member of the service he was first in line when swans terrorised the high street – and when a flock of owls got stuck on the roof of his local pub. Eighteen years old and more than ready to rush into burning buildings to save fair damsels in distress, young Malcolm soon realised he was more likely to be jumping into slurry pits and rivers to rescue any number of unfortunate animals. But for all the embarrassing situations Malcolm found himself in there were heart-stopping dramas too – and tragic farm and house fires. As he learns on the job and begins to win the respect of the old-timers, Malcolm starts to feel that maybe, one day, he just might make it as a fireman. But first he has to catch the eye of the smiley secretary in the office opposite the station …

Funny, moving and gloriously nostalgic, All Fired Up paints a unique portrait of rural Britain – and shows just how surprising a fireman’s life can be.

Read by Dean Williamson

(p) 2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critics Review

  • Humorous and surprising in equal measure. Hilarious

    DAILY EXPRESS
  • A hugely interesting read, one of those books that you finish and want more. It captures the camaraderie of the crews, their banter and humour and recall some of the more memorable call-outs, some tragic but others the stuff of lasting anecdotes

    SHROPSHIRE STAR

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