Don't Shoot The Clowns is one woman's account of living with Iraqi people during the war and its aftermath. She tells what daily life is really like in a country coping with invasion and occupation, and how she and a hastily recruited troupe of circus performers brought clowns, laughter and some moments of respite to the children of Iraq.
Jo Wilding isn't a journalist looking for stories. In simply playing with children, helping where possible and isntinctively recording events, she provides a unique and independent perspective. Her daily accounts have an immediacy and accuracy that bring the scenes sharply into focus. From the shocking, painful stories of the siege of Falluja - where, for a terrifying day and night, she was taken prisoner - to the crowds of mesmerized children, every episode vividly describes life in occupied Iraq.
"If you wish to know the real meaning of the phrase 'collateral damage' read this book." - Emma Thompson
"Jo was the only one of us foreigners in Iraq who I was absolutely sure was doing something useful. She made thousands of children happy." - Naomi Klein
Paperback; 216 mm x 138 mm; 272 pages; 15 black & white photographs.