John Culine MBE traces the fascinating history of his own family and their lives as travelling showmen, bringing to life a host of colourful characters as he describes real people and real events in a narrative that could be straight from a Hollywood movie script.
The story begins in 1822, and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs as the Culine family make the journey from Victorian theatre and circus to the world of the travelling fairground in the 1940s.
Experience the drama as Alice Culine attempts to walk across Bridlington Harbour on a tightrope in 1890. Share in the highs as Cliff Culine performs with Buffalo Bill, and the lows as William Culine is declared missing in action in France in World War I.
This book is the culmination of 30 years of painstaking research, and as we turn the pages we can’t help but share in the family’s celebrations and sorrows.
For anyone with an interest in family histories, our cultural heritage, or simply people and how they lived, this is a fascinating and compelling read.