Book review: Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2016

Written by David Singleton on 17 November 2016 in Culture

Tim Benson's annual compendium features the best work from a tumultous year in which the country's cartoonists were not short of material.

The annual compendium of Britain’s Best Political Cartoons does not usually mainline on American politicians.

But 2016 has proved to be a rather spectacular exception – and this book demonstrates how the UK’s leading cartoonists have risen to the challenge of lampooning a man who many believe is sadly beyond satire.

Peter Brookes, Steve Bell, Martin Rowson and Dave Brown et al have variously taken aim at Trump’s hair, his fake tan, his vanity, his arrogance and his delusion. And the rest.

As cartoonist Bob Moran says in the introduction: “Donald Trump has joined the likes of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage is the box labelled ‘gifts that keep on giving'.”

Elsewhere, the Brexit referendum, the downfall of David Cameron, the ascendancy of Theresa May and the ongoing tribulations of Jeremy Corbyn have kept the UK cartoonerati on their collective toes.

With so many brilliant cartoons in one compendium it is impossible to pick out the best, but an honourable mention must go Peter Brookes for a deadly depiction of Michael Gove's brutal betrayal of Boris Johnson.

And for a cartoon of Tom Watson that the deputy Labour leader might yet be tempted to frame in his downstairs loo...





Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2016 is published by Random House Books.




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