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A-level lecturer’s paperback on politics and satirical print

A paper-back book written by a Coleg Sir Gâr A-level lecturer has recently been released which tells the story of how two leading 18th century politicians were represented in satirical print.

Neil Howe, who wrote and published his book, Statesmen in Caricature - The Great Rivalry of Fox and Pitt the Younger in the Age of the Political Cartoon, teaches history as well as government and politics at the college.

The book was inspired by his PhD studies where for his thesis, he wrote about how the two were represented in satirical print, a popular form of visual communication at the time and often to some, regarded as propaganda. 

Neil Howe said: “It was a shame to do all that work for my PhD research and not write it up into a book.

“The content examines the relationship in caricature of two of the big beasts of late 18th century politics, William Pitt the Younger and Charles James Fox during the golden age of the satirical print.

“One of the main arguments of the book is the way in which they were portrayed by the caricaturists; they emerged as the first ‘modern party leaders’ before the advent of the modern political party.”

The book is published by I.B. Tauris which is part of the Bloomsbury Publishing group who published the Harry Potter series.

Neil has taught history at the universities of Nottingham, Bath Spa and Winchester and has worked as a verger at Winchester Cathedral and as head verger at Romsey Abbey.

He completed his master’s degree in early modern Britain at Aberystwyth University and moved to University of Nottingham to study a PhD.

Neil moved back to Wales and studied a PGCE teaching qualification at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is currently teaching students at Coleg Sir Gâr.

His book was originally released in 2019 in hardback and is also available as an e-book