An eccentric book by cult novelist Jackson it explores some little-known chapters in England's past. It features bears in chains, the circus bears of Bristol, the Victorian sewer bears and spirit bears. The eight short stories are linked and the bizarre bestiary mixes fact with fiction. 'Deeply, almost feverishly quirky.'
There is no category of bear whose story makes for more depressing reading, and whose miserable existence heaps more shame on humanity than that which follows . Taking in these bears in chains, the circus bears of Bristol, the Victorian sewer bears and the spirit bears of the year years, among others, Mick Jackson's strange beast of a book explores some little known chapters in England's past. Mixing folk tale with fantasy, and history with myth, the narrative that unfolds is dark, playful and filled with magical moments, as it marches ever forward towards a strange convergence.