Private Eye a Cartoon History Hardcover – 23 Sep 2013
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Book editor Nick Newman must have had a hard job selecting these few hundred from the 30,000 published in the Eye over the years but page after page shows he made a wise choice every time. Especially in the art from earlier years relating to a contemporary event back then which is still funny now.
The Index is a long listing of great British cartoonists with very generous helpings from Dave Austin, Michael Heath, Martin Honeyset, Tony Husband, Ed McLachlan (just brilliant) Nick Newman and Robert Thompson. The others get between one and twenty-five or so cartoons though my favourite Ray Lowry only has sixteen!
This is a nostalgic treat for PE readers, non-readers will enjoy it too.
The collection is also no less than a social history in miniature. It is a particular joy for me to see how before political correctness took its stranglehold we could laugh without malice at personal, social and national foibles now seized on quite unreasonably as offensive and likely to bring odium down upon us, if not a fine or a prison sentence!
A book to return to over and over and over and……
This book stands on its own as a treat for any cartoon-lover. But it also complements such previous epics as Private Eye the First 50 Years: An A-Z and Private Eye Bumper Book of Covers. As with them, as soon as you dip into "A Cartoon History" you will be strongly reminded of Private Eye's unique qualities, and why you keep reading it. In the words of the back cover blurb, 'With an introduction by TV's Ian Hislop, it is the perfect companion piece to the pot plant in your downstairs loo (surely "Private Eye - The First 50 Years" by Adam Macqueen? Ed.)'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book contents were good and a great gift. However the one sent to me was damaged on the front cover. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Given as gift. Arrived in time for Christmas and enjoyed by recipientPublished 5 months ago by Seren
Hundreds of cartoons yet I only laughed at two. and I lived through the whole period,
got the T shirt so to speak . Read more