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Showmen - The voice of the travelling fair people
Author: Sally Feisting
For over 800 years, show people have brought their rides, stalls and shows to towns and villages across the country. They are as much a part of Englands cultuaral history as steam trains and cricket on the village green. This book explores the place in modern Britain for this 17,000 strong band of communities and their battle to combine tradition with novelty to keep their way of life alive. Members of the travelling community speak for themselves about their values and pride in their way of life and the prejudices they encounter in the larger society.
Publisher: Shaun Tyas
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Book Description Shaun Tyas, Lincolnshire, 2013. Paperback. Condition: Fine. New Edition. A fine, new copy. 192pp +section of 60 colour photographs. Fairgrounds and the travelling showmen who run them are the subjects of this book. it is composed of interviews with the show people, exploring their philosophy and way of life, their troubles and joys, aspirations and even their rich heritage of language. The 23 chapters include subjects such as women's place, education, problems with planning, foreign travel, the showmen's guild, and the life of children in thier communities. There are family trees of the families studied, a glossary of showman's language, and an index, and a glorious section of sixty high quality colour photographs. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Seller Inventory # 057059