Gerry Cottle, a stockbroker's son, ran
away to join the circus when he was just 15 and soon married into
Britain's oldest circus dynasty. In time he was the owner of the
biggest circus in the world until his growing cocaine addiction led
to his arrest and bankruptcy. He recovered, and, ever the showman,
went on to make millions with the first ever non-animal circus, the
Moscow and Chinese State circuses, and the Circus of Horrors.
Confessions of a Showman: My Life in the Circus