Books

Giles's War

Timothy S Benson

‘[Giles’s] genius was capturing the views of ordinary folk . . . Wonderful cartoons.’ Nick Robinson, Radio 4 Today


Few contemporaries captured Britain's indomitable wartime spirit as well or as wittily as the cartoonist Carl Giles. Now, for the first time, the very best of the cartoons he produced between 1939 and 1945 are brought together, including many that have not seen the light of day in over 75 years.

As a young cartoonist at Reynold’s News and then the Daily Express, Giles's work provided a crucial morale boost – and much-needed laughs – to a population suffering daily privations and danger, and Giles's War shows why. Here are his often hilarious takes on the great events of the war – from the Fall of France, via D-Day, to the final Allied victory – but also his wryly amusing depictions of ordinary people in extraordinary times, living in bombed-out streets, dealing with food shortages, coping with blackouts, railing against bureaucracy and everyday annoyances. It's a brilliantly funny chronicle of our nation’s finest hour, as well as a fitting tribute to one of our greatest cartoonists.

Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2016

Timothy S Benson (and others)

2016 was not only the year of Brexit, the most important and contentious political event in Britain for decades. It was also the year of Trump and a tempestuous US presidential campaign, the European migrant crisis, NHS junior doctors’ strikes, an ongoing terror threat from ISIS in Europe, turmoil in the Labour party, the Rio Olympics, the ascension to power of Theresa May and the rise (and fall, and rise) of Boris Johnson. In Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2016, all these news events and many more receive the satirical treatment of our finest cartoonists. This result is a hilarious, razor-sharp and essential companion to a momentous and tumultuous year.

Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2015

Timothy S Benson

Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2015 is a compelling, razor-sharp and frequently hilarious collection of almost 200 of the year's most acerbic and insightful political cartoons.

All the highs and lows of the past year are covered: from major international events (the conflicts in the Middle East, Greece's continuing crisis, the FIFA corruption scandal), to more local issues (such as the Scottish independence vote, the fluctuating fortunes of UKIP and, of course, the 2015 general election) – not to mention the offbeat and bizarre (Boris Johnson's hair, Ed Miliband's taste in sandwiches).

With contributions from Britain's finest cartoonists, including Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Dave Brown, Chris Riddell and Martin Rowson, it's the perfect bedside book – and a browser's delight,

Biography

Dr Tim Benson is Britain's leading authority on political cartoons. He runs The Political Cartoon Gallery and Café which is located near the River Thames in Putney. He is the editor of the annual collection Britain's Best Political cartoons.He has also written numerous books on political cartoonists, including Churchill in Caricature, Low and the Dictators, The Cartoon Century: Modern Britain through the Eyes of Its Cartoonists, Drawing the Curtain: The Cold War in Cartoons and Over the Top: A Cartoon History of Australia at War.