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 colourful character, a
well-known trainer of lions and tigers and founder of The Great
In working with lions and
tigers, Martin has demonstrated great physical courage in the
face of danger, regularly placing his arm or his head in the
mouth of a big cat as part of his act.
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.
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.
which is from the David Jamieson collection, includes a copy of
the original press release issued when the book was published.
Condition: Fine in Fine dustjacket. (Click on
image above for close-up of front cover).