Circus of Horrors are one of the troupes featured in Douglas McPherson's book

Next year, you may feel the need turn a new page. Or a few hundred, if you receive one of our recommended books.

SohoSoho Dives, Soho Divas by Rian Hughes

“Whilst this book is all images and few words it’s a beautiful collection that has captured the sex appeal, beauty and relevance of burlesque in London 2013 whilst nodding overtly to the history of the artform. It seems a shame to call this simply a coffee table book as it’s something worth flicking through if you’re a performer in need of a little inspiration or a fan who wouldn’t normally get the chance to see these glamorous burlesque performers in such intimate and relaxed situations.”

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Circus of Horrors are one of the troupes featured in Douglas McPherson's book
Circus of Horrors are one of the troupes featured in Douglas McPherson’s book

Circus Mania by Douglas McPherson

“From the travelling big top, through big name productions, theatrical circus, youth projects, circus education and resident shows right through to the weird and wonderful world of contemporary circus and freak shows, new book Circus Mania covers all the bases.”

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The Queens of Burlesque.
The Queens of Burlesque.

The Queens Of Burlesque by Len Rothe

“These images capture the sexiness that being comfortable in your own skin can project. Some of these women’s bodies are softer and curvier than the modern models we are used to today and these photographs are a good reminder of why bodies of all shapes and sizes should be embraced in commercial photography. In this book we have girls of all heights, ethnicities, cultures and, refreshingly, ages. The common thread though is seductiveness, humour and beauty, which is what burlesque is really all about. This is a book to be savoured, enjoyed and inspired by. Who knows, it might give someone the confidence, male or female, to decide to pick up some stockings and wrap themselves in a feather boa.”

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Amber TopazBurlesque Beauty by Christopher Jones, Victoria Hardie and Brian Matthews

“Christopher Jones, Victoria Hardie and Brian Matthews are certainly fans of the art of the tease. Together they have put togetherBurlesque Beauty, a book of their top burlesque performers and the impact these women have had on the current British burlesque scene. From ex-RAF beauty Khandie Khisses to Dita von Teese homage act Carrie-Ann, the authors have chosen an octet which they consider to be a snapshot of the current British burlesque scene.”

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liliGilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique by Kelly DiNardo

“It is a rewarding effort…for anyone wanting to know more about the star who aimed higher than “bananas or pork chops” in the Depression, and the exciting times she lived in. It is above all a necessary read for anyone involved in the business of burlesque and strip-tease.”

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