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Confessions Of A Showman

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  17 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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. Packed with tales of circus acts gone wrong, publicity stunts falling flat, errant clowns and beautiful girls, this title tells the extraordinary story of the ultimate showman.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Vision, (first published September 1st 2006)
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Gerry Cottle ran away from his upper-middle-class suburban life at the age of 15 to join the circus. It's a great hook, but unfortunately, the memoir itself is less than great.

First of all, it's very poorly written. I'm actually appalled it made it past an editor as fit to print. (Shame on you, Vision publishing house!) Maybe the sentence fragments and run-on sentences won't bother you if you're not a stickler for grammar, but Cottle's poor writing extends to never explaining who most of the "ch
Jul 22, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
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Littered with autobiographical details that I wasn't really interested in, such as the author's womanising and cocaine use, but rich with details on circus life in Britain from a man who came from outside the circus world and became the owner of the biggest circus in Britain, travelled abroad, broke world records, and started a great many ventures.
I was disappointed by this book - it should have been a fascinating insight, a page turner, as promised on the front cover.

It's not written particularly well; I could excuse that if it was Gerry Cottle's work alone, but it's not. It's repetitive and the language doesn't draw you into the tales, merely leaves you wishing for more detail and drama.

In terms of the subject matter: there are some interesting circus facts placed between chapters, but the overall story feels depressing and seedy someho
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Apr 07, 2012 Jackie Herbert-Valentine rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Well written and insightful, extremely honest and blunt. The underlying message is very sad that the wonderful English Circus is nearly extinct and this book documents it's decline with honesty.
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