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In Search of the Better 'ole: a Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather

In Search of the Better 'ole: a Biography of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather (Hardback, New edition)

By Holt, Tonie
By Holt, Valmai

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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... read full description below.

ISBN 9780850527643
Published 7 March 2000 by Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format Hardback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780850527643
ISBN-10 0850527643
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Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Imprint Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publication Date 7 March 2000
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Holt, Tonie
By Holt, Valmai
Category Drawing & Drawings
Comic Book & Cartoon Art
Antiques & Collectables: Books, Manuscripts, Ephemera & Printed Matter
Antiques & Collectables: Pictures, Prints & Maps
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Cartoonists, Great Britain, Biography, World War, 1914-1918, Caricatures and cartoons
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 741.5942
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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 these 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, carmascots, 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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Author's Bio

Major and Mrs Holt founded the first organisation to offer battlefield tours to the general public in the late 1970s. Since the 1990s they have been writing their series of guide books, incorporating all that they have learned from their experiences conducting thousands of people around battlefields. This series, designed to serve as companions for travellers, whether sitting at home or physically visiting the battlefields, includes detailed travel directions, military history, fascinating anecdotes and tourist information. The Holts share the writing of their books equally and conduct all their own research, spending many weeks on the ground as they prepare each new book or update previously published titles.

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