Featuring more than 1,000 of the funniest jokes ever drawn, Private Eye - A Cartoon History is a decade by decade chronicle of the gags and issues that tickled the nation's funny bone - sometimes with a sledgehammer.
From the Swinging Sixties through the Naughty Nineties to the Neurotic Noughties, this go-to compendium of mirth provides not only laugh-out-loud merriment, but also a chin-stroking socio-political history of the past half century. (It had better not. Ed.)
No publication provides a showcase for cartoons quite like Private Eye. For over 50 years it has published topical jokes, strips and stand-alone cartoons many of which have become comedy classics.
Now, Private Eye - A Cartoon History provides the most comprehensive record ever of the magazine's contribution to visual humour. Featuring thumbnail profiles of the magazine's top artists and a cartoonist's view of the joke-making process, Private Eye - A Cartoon History is a treasure-trove of comedy gold.
Nick Newman has been drawing gag and strip cartoons for Private Eye for over 30 years. Born in 1958, he has been a potato planter, journalist and scriptwriter. Despite having worked for most of Private Eye's targets and enemies, Including The Sunday Times, The Spectator and Messrs Carter Ruck, he is now one of the magazine's main joke writers.
Private Eye is Britain's first, most successful and indeed only fortnightly satirical magazine. Founded in 1961, it has consistently entertained, informed and irritated its readers. Over five turbulent decades it has developed its unique mix of jokes and journalism, comedy and campaigning, gags and gossip, laughter and libel, to cover the public life of the nation.
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