LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS... welcome to the big top blog of Douglas McPherson, author of CIRCUS MANIA, the book described by Gerry Cottle as "A passionate and up-to-date look at the circus and its people."

Saturday, 21 May 2011


If there were an award for the best circus photograph of the year it would definitely go to this shot of Nell Gifford sitting side-saddle on a rearing horse in the May 21 edition of the Daily Telegraph. Circus has never looked more cool!

Take a look at this fantastic shot and Patricia Carswell’s excellent feature on Gifford’s Circus production of War and Peace at the Hay Literary Festival by clicking here.

My thanks, too, to Patricia for quoting me and mentioning Circus Mania! within the piece.

"Circus Mania is a brilliant
account of a vanishing
art form."
- Mail on Sunday
If the magic of Gifford’s Circus fires your imagination, check out Circus Mania! to discover the reality of life, death and danger that faces those who run away with the circus. Buy it on Amazon or direct from Peter Owen Publishers at the special price of £10 postage-free (a saving of £5 off the recommended retail price).
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And may all your days be circus days!