David C. Pike's book 'Fire-Floats and Fireboats' has been named as a finalist for The Wishing Shelf Awards.
The novel is in the shortlist of 16 books that have made it into the final round of competition for the category of Books for Adults (non-fiction). We are now waiting with bated breath for the results.
After his autobiography Beyond the Flames and his eclectic anthology London's Firefighters, David C. Pike's latest book about the London Fire Brigade, Fire-Floats and Fireboats, takes as its focus the history of firefighting on the river Thames. Starting in Roman times and bringing the story right up to the present day, Pike's comprehensive survey charts the astonishing evolution of the vessels used to combat fire from the river, pays homage to the intrepid crews of these often unwieldy craft, and vividly recreates some of the most devastating conflagrations the capital has ever seen.
With more than 250 fascinating illustrations, Fire-Floats and Fireboats is certain to appeal to lovers of London and aficionados of history and technology, but will also be enjoyed by a wide range of general readers.
Another Austin Macauley book was a finalist for the Wishing Shelf Awards, Zak and Jen's Astronimoical Adventures by Natalie Page and Chris Rivers Nuttal. To see this story, please follow the link at the bottom of this page