Knowing the very real interest in circuses and circus-folk, Robert Martin
has presented a fascinating study of the life and training of a circus artiste
who starts to learn about balance and deportment at the age when an ordinary
boy or girl begins to go to school.|
Johnny March, orphaned when he was five, is brought up by his kindly relatives
who form the nucleus of Betterton's Circus. Being the only male in his age-group,
Johnny is destined to become a trapeze artist, so that his grand-father's act,
the Three Mad Marches, can be formed once again. Unfortunately Johnny has no head
for heights and would far prefer to train and handle horses in his own act. "Gramp"
Fenimore is unwilling to help at this stage and Johnny runs away to join another circus.
He is recognised, however, and brought back to his own family, who relent and give
him the horse Coronet to train.
Through Johnny and his friend Tom, Robert Martin builds up a picture of circus life,
the climax of which occurs during a final performance given for children in the Big Top.
This is a "must" for all those who look forward to their annual visit to the circus.
Hardback, with dustwrapper; 135x202mm; red cloth with blue blocking, spine only, plain front board; 156 pages; black and white frontispiece and 7 other illustrations; dustwrapper front flap has 'blurb' reproduced above; cover price 12/6 net.