The Spalding bookshop has selected Goin to Blazes, by Malcolm Castle, as its book of the week.
Malcolm Castle’s tales of being a country fireman are funny and touching in equal measure.
Going to Blazes picks up Malcolm’s story in 1987 when he is 26 and going up in the world.
He’s made it through eight years as a rookie firefighter and he’s become an accepted member of Red Watch in Shrewsbury.
There are plenty of laughs as Malcolm recounts how his job entailed him coming to the aid of different sorts of animals, vehicles and people in difficulties – and sometimes a combination of all three at the same time!
Some of the most surprising incidents he recalls include a road blocked with 35 tonnes of turnips, and a call-out to a woman stuck between the floorboards of her upstairs bathroom.
But he also faces some of the most emotional and tragic rescues of his career.
All the while, Malcolm experiences great joy in his personal life as he meets and goes on to marry his wife, Karen, accompanied by Full Service Guard of Honour.
The book retails for £8.99 but there is a 20 per cent discount voucher in the Spalding Guardian of April 30.