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."

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Circus Mania Launch Party and Special Offer

This launch of Circus Mania
graced the
social pages of The Stage
(L-R: Gerry Cottle,
author Douglas McPherson,
Dr Haze)

Special offer price £10 post-free

It’s here! After a year of writing, researching and waiting for it to roll off the printers, it was wonderful to walk into the launch at Circus Space on World Circus Day and see piles of freshly minted Circus Mania! books laid out on the table!

My hat is off to Peter Owen Publishers for the fantastic job they’ve done with Circus Mania! The cover looks superb, the colour photos have printed beautifully and the opening pages (including the traditional welcome “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...”) perfectly capture the atmosphere of going to the circus.

Circus Space, the UK’s leading circus school, also proved magnificent hosts for the book launch. The
Circus Space hosted
the Circus Mania
launch party 
building itself, a former Victorian power station, is hugely atmospheric and the room we were in had doors and windows opening directly into two enormous training spaces, so we had a backdrop of people swinging on the trapeze, walking the tight-wire and climbing ropes - as well as plenty of students casually strolling about juggling.

It was the first really hot day of the year and doors opened onto a sunny terrace, adding to the relaxed and happy time had by all.
Circus grandee Gerry Cottle came along and made a nice speech saying how he thought Circus Mania! would be a good boost to the circus industry. Dr Haze, the undead ringmaster from the Circus of Horrors was there, too, and graciously signed books for the fans.

Finally, I must thank everyone who came along to buy the very first books off the press. As I inscribed the books for them, “May all your days be Circus Days!”

"Media Circus"
A feature on the launch of
Circus Mania
in Writers' Forum
If you weren’t there, the good news is that you can buy Circus Mania! direct from Peter Owen Publishers at the special offer price of £10, postage-free within the UK (£2.50 postage the rest of the world) and save a massive £4.99 off the recommended retail price. Just call Peter Owen Publishers (Sales) on 0207 8350 1775 or email

Click here to read the behind-the-scenes juggling that went into the Circus Mania launch party.

A certificate from
Princess Stephanie of Monaco
for participating in the first
World Circus Day
with the launch of
Circus Mania