The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather (Kindle)
In Search of a Better 'Ole
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Bruce Bairnsfather created one of the best-known cartoon characters of the First World War - 'Old Bill' and he drew what many consider to be the most enduring cartoon of all time - the 'Better Ole'.
Reprinted due to popular demand this biography was the first to be published about the man and his work
During the First World War the contribution of Bairnsfather's work to the morale of the Nation, through laughter, is without question. Indeed there were those who thought he was the 'man who won the war'. The authors trace his life in fascinating detail. This delightful book reveals details of the man who was a compelling paradox - a desperately shy person who adored the limelight, a loyal loveable personality, ridden with suspicion, an upper class product who was more comfortable in the company of the working class man.
Bairnsfather's work appears on plates, cups, jugs, mugs and pots, car mascots, ashtrays and the like - all collector's pieces. His characters appear on postcards, playing cards, cigarette card, jig-saw puzzles and during the Second World War on the noses of the daylight bombers of the American Eighth Airforce.
The story is lavishly illustrated with over 150 photographs and drawings, and includes a useful section setting out the range and values of Bairnsfather memorabilia and collectables.
As featured inKentish Gazette
As featured in.East Kent Mercury
The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather has been a labour of love for Tonie and Valmai Holt...The couple's passion for Bairnsfather was sparked during the 1970s when they started collecting postcard reproductions of his 'Fragments from France' cartoons. Major and Mrs Holt's lavishly illustrated biography is certainly the definitive word on Bairnsfather...Stratford Observer
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As featured in 'This England'This England, Winter 2014
As seen in the Stratford-Upon-Avon Herald.Stratford-Upon-Avon Herald
As featured in the Independent on Sunday.Independent on Sunday
The Best of Fragments from France (Kindle)
Bruce Bairnsfather (BB) was the most famous cartoonist of the First World War and his soldier characters Old Bill, Bert and Alf, faced with sardonic good humour everything that the Germans, the mud and their officers could throw at them. However, Bruce (known by some as ‘The Man Who Won the War’) never received the acclaim that he deserved for the morale boost that his cartoons gave to the troops at the front and to the people back at home. The 50th Anniversary of Bairnsfather’s death on 29 September 2009 offered an opportunity to redress the balance, and acknowledging it in combination…By Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, Major and Mrs Holt
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