Friday, 3 June 2011

Roll up, Roll up, The Circus is in Town!

A lot of the books I have read recently seem to have featured a circus. Not the bright, loud, electric version that stops off at your local field once a year, but the run-down, faded from glory, slightly sinister type that is populated by a motley crew of 'other worldly' characters.

Despite the fact that the literary symbolism of using a shambolic travelling circus, full of 'unusual' people that have come from 'elsewhere' is so obvious it's a bit like being hit over the head with the strong man's dumb bell, I still love the descriptions of these people and places. As a reader you are free to see the romance in the setting and  every time your protagonist encounters the shady world of the circus it adds a frisson of danger that is so exciting when you know that you are sitting at home, safe on your sofa!

I know I am not the only one to have noticed these descriptions  - there are plenty of depictions of the circus available on Folksy. For today's Folksy Friday I have picked a selection of my favourites - items that encapsulate the weird and the wonderful, the moody and the macabre and the kooky and quirky...

 Just click on the pictures to be transported to the sellers shop


  1. Oh excellent I love it. You have really captured the mood.

  2. Ooh thank for the feature, I am theothermousie & CirquedeChaussettes is my dark side! I love a circus, especially when it encompasses the macabre... brilliant Folksy Friday!

  3. Thank you for the mention on your lovely blog.

  4. thankyou for including me on your Blog ;) x


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