The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather

The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather : In Search of the 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 170 x 235 x 20.32mm | 680.39g
  • Pen & Sword Military
  • South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 147382723X
  • 9781473827233
  • 2,379,641

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"The Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather has been a labour of love for Tonie and Valmai Holt... he 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."-- "East Kent Mercury"
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About Tonie Holt

Tonie and Valmai Holt are both Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and have published over fifteen books, including their bestselling Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide to the Somme (0 85052 414 8) and Major & Mrs Holt's Guide to Ypres (0 85052 551 9). They live in Sandwich, Kent.
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