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."

Thursday, 18 March 2010



Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... it’s certainly been CIRCUS MANIA over the last couple of weeks as proof pages, corrections, pictures and indexes fly back and forth like trapeze artists between myself and the publishers in the final countdown to getting the Ultimate Book For Anyone Who Dreamed Of Running Away With The Circus off to the printers.

All I can say is that the folks at Peter Owen Ltd have pulled out all the stops on this one. From the page lay-out to the cover, the book is going to look amazing. As for the content... modesty forbids me reaching for the superlatives... but if you want to know what life in the circus is REALLY like, be ready to have your mind blown!

Circus Mania will be launched on - well, when else, but World Circus Day! That’s April 17. Between 5pm - 7pm we’ll be at Circus Space, Coronet Street, N1.

Circus Space is Britain’s Number One circus training facility. It’s the only place you can get a degree in circus skills and it’s the place the stars go to keep fit. It’s also located in a hugely atmospheric Victorian power station in the heart of hip and happening Hoxton.

The launch party will be in the foyer, with windows opening onto the training areas, so expect a backdrop of trapeze and wire walking. Gerry Cottle will be there, along with other circus stars, so it’s a unique opportunity to get Circus Mania signed not only by yours truly but by some of the people in the book.

The launch promises to be unlike any other book launch, so if you want to come along, just roll up, roll up on the day. If you can’t make the launch, just click on the Buy Circus Mania button up there on the right, or order it from Amazon or any high street bookshop.
Also on the Circus Mania front, thanks to Lynne Hackles and Writing Magazine for running a very flattering interview with me in the April issue, which is just out.

And grab a copy of The Stage in the week beginning Thursday April 8. It’s a special magazine format edition and includes a couple of articles penned by yours truly - one on Brian Austen, the man behind the Chinese and Moscow State Circuses, and another on circus training in the UK, which includes details of Zippos travelling Academy of Circus Arts, Gerry Cottle’s new full-time adult circus skills courses which he’s launching at Wookey Hole this year, and of course, Circus Space. But, of course, you can find out all about Circus Space when you come to the launch of CIRCUS MANIA!