Eight books that will make you want to run away with the circusposted on 10 Jan 2018
Exactly 250 years ago on an abandoned patch of land near London’s Waterloo, showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. This spectacle was the world’s very first circus. Including a dazzling combination of jugglers, acrobats, clowns, strong men and bareback riders, Astley had created a whole new art form. And every circus, anywhere, began at this moment in 1768.