of Life: The Story of Liverpool in Caricatures
Checkmate Books, 256 pages, £15
The writer romps through our 800 years of history using colourful characters
who have benefited or been influenced by our city as stepping stones.
From King John to Captain Gerrard, 150 caricatures and poignant pen portraits
from hundreds that were suggested may cause readers to revise their opinions
of several household names; bigots be warned.
The author confesses to being an incomer from London, but clearly he
shares our wry humour that verges on impertinence, though his observations
are always pertinent, and as incisive as his graphics. Extensive reading
has been synthesized and condensed into an engaging style.
The best memento of Europe’s Capital of Culture 2008 any tourist,
student or friendly native could wish for. A delight to the eye, thought
provoking, utterly endearing.