I have just received a copy of a new book called ‘A Timber Idol’ by Martin MacGilp which chronicles Mr Punch’s presence in Scotland. It is a gem of a book and is dedicated to Francesco Cardoni who apparently was likely to have been born in Italy around 1760 and was probably the first Punch and Judy man to perform in Scotland.
The book looks at Punch’s Italian origins, development and lasting appeal. I love the presentation which includes anecdotes, quotes, diagrams and over 100 photographs, many in colour. I can see that this will become an authority on the history of Punch, an absolute must for anyone wanting to study the subject and a resource for potential performers. It will also stir memories of seaside holidays and entertainment.
This is a wonderful book and quite obviously a labour of love. It will be an ideal present for anyone with an interest in or affection for this lovable rogue. I am really looking forward to reading my copy in full.
Further details from http://www.gilpress.co.uk