It’s been a week of the Circus, and just about everyone I know loves the circus.
First was George and Flora Head to the Country where the cats join the circus.
Then there was the Bafta award winning film Marvellous which tells the story of professional clown Neil Baldwin.
And today, Hillingdon Libraries shared some books about the circus and PT Barnum in honour of the film The Greatest Showman.
In West London you can take courses in Circus Skills with Tiggy And Circus who has taken over from Albert and Friends. It’s incredible what young people can achieve in a week. Growing up in South Africa, we had the famous Boswell Wilkie Circus. It was courtesy of the circus that I can honestly say I’ve see elephants walking along the highway near Edenvale. There’s also Giffords Circus in Gloucestershire and the famous Cirque du Soleil.
And to take a detour, Anna Ryland and Arnie Wilson mention Oxford Circus in their books, A Second Chance and Big Name Hunting respectively.
There’s also the famous Circus in Bath.
Want to read more about real circuses?
Emma Caroll recommends 10 books, while Bustle has a list of 12.
For something a little more factual, there’s the Circus Book Store.
Marthe Kiley-Worthington researches animal behaviour in circuses in Family are the Friends you Choose and see her in action on Youtube.
updated Dec 2019