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In Search of a Better 'Ole: A Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather [Hardcover]

Tonie Holt , Valmai Holt
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7 Mar 2000
Bruce Bairnsfather created one of the best-known cartoon characters of the First World War - 'Old Bill' and he drew what many consider to be the most enduring cartoon of all time - the 'Better Ole'.Reprinted due to popular demand this biography was the first to be published about the man and his work. During the First World War the contribution of Bairnsfather's work to the morale of the Nation, through laughter, is without question. Indeed these were those who thought he was the 'man who won the war'. The authors trace his life in fascinating detail. This delightful book reveals details of the man who was a compelling paradox - a desperately shy person who adored the limelight, a loyal loveable personality, ridden with suspicion, an upper class product who was more comfortable in the company of the working class man.Bairnsfather's work appears on plates, cups, jugs, mugs and pots, carmascots, ashtrays and the like - all collector's pieces. His characters appear on postcards, playing cards, cigarette card, jig-saw puzzles and during the Second World War on the noses of the daylight bombers of the American Eighth Airforce.The story is lavishly illustrated with over 150 photographs and drawings, and includes a useful section setting out the range and values of Bairnsfather memorabilia and collectables.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850527643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850527643
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Comic Art in Two World Wars 7 Mar 2013
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bought as a gift for a freind who collects comic postacrds created by Bairnsfather of life in the forces during the first world war. The book also covers the inter war years plus his service in the US Air Force during World War 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for a retiring Army Officer. 6 April 2009
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Couldn't think what to give to a friend who was retiring after 36 years in the British Army.
This book was perfect. I remember the image from my young days but didnt know about the book.
It was received with great pleasure and interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK 26 April 2013
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Nice book, plenty of illustrations and well researched, but although a great reference for the dedicated WW1 enthusiast it is a bit 'heavy' in parts. Still recommend though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great look at an amazing cartoonist 30 April 2012
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Captain Bairnsfather had no idea that when he began drawing his cartoons on the Western Front he would be creating a character which would come to dominate his life. "Old Bill," a Tommy he created to describe the experiences of the common British soldier. He reaped enormous fame in a short time but somehow wealth always eluded him. He tried his hand at many different projects and his life story became an amazing saga. Well-illustrated with artwork by Barnsfather and others, as well as photographs. It even includes information on Ole Bill collectibles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Bairnsfather Biography 19 Jun 2003
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This book is the original and only biography of Bairnsfather. The edition here is out of print. It has now been updated by the same authors and republished in 2001 in hardback by Pen and Sword Books with additional information about the original Old Bill. A memorial to Bairnsfather will be unveiled on 13 December 2003 at St Yvon in Belgium where he drew his first cartoons
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