Great British Circus
Views of Martin Lacey

By David Barnaby
July 2013
Book Guild
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN 9781846248481
273 Pages, Illustrated
$36.50 Hardcover

Martin Lacey has been mauled by tigers in the circus ring, and lived to tell this tale - and many others - to his biographer David Barnaby. This is the eventful life story of a colorful character, a well-known trainer of lions and tigers, the founder of The Great British Circus.

No stranger to controversy, Martin has strong views on performing animals in circuses, and animals in zoos. He vigorously opposes any moves to ban performing animals, and the book records his opinions on animal rights organisations and the RSPCA.

The book chronicles his tangled personal life and a trail of broken relationships. Despite this, he has good relations with his children, and two of his sons have followed in his footsteps and become renowned big-cat trainers themselves, Martin has founded a dynasty in the best circus tradition.

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