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Confessions of a Showman: My Life in the Circus Paperback – 23 Aug 2007


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vision (23 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905745168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905745166
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerry Cottle, a stockbroker's son, ran away to join the circus when he was just 15 and soon married into Britain's oldest circus dynasty. In time, he was the owner of the biggest circus in the world until his growing cocaine addiction led to his arrest and bankruptcy. He recovered, and, ever the showman, went on to make millions with the first ever non-animal circus, the Moscow and Chinese State circuses, and the Circus of Horrors.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diabolo on 27 Jun. 2009
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A brilliant journey through the world of circus: The highs and lows, rivalries, business methods, and working practices of one of Europes biggest traditional entertainments. It's all here in Gerry Cottle's book and there are a number of surprises in store too. One of those you'll read over again. I just couldn't put it down.
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By BK2K on 12 Jan. 2014
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A flawed showman with an impeccable tale. Some great yarns here and insights into the process of circus. An engrossing read.
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By chris0241 on 7 July 2014
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Great read and insight into circus life.
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