Photographed over a period of a year, and focusing on the main events in the British social calendar, Jocelyn Bain Hogg has compiled the definitive visual almanac of British entertainment.

The Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire. The festival was started by a group of friends from New College, Oxford in 2003. the mud-wrestling ring has been a staple since the Great Flood of 2006.

 Thomas Pink’s Jonathan Heilbron states in the introduction:

We wanted a visual history of those occasions that show the British off so well and which tell insiders and onlookers alike so much about who we are today. Heroic stamina, an ability to disappear behind a camera and an innate understanding of our tribal habits were required to fulfil our dream. Photographer Jocelyn Bain Hogg seemed a natural fit for the task.


The eclectic list of people photographed include……


Princes Harry and William, chutney makers, Kate Moss, pyjama party revellers at Claridges, Sienna Miller, mud wrestlers, Marc Newson, morris dancers, Pippa Middleton, Pearly Kings and Queens, fancy dress connoisseurs, Cambridge graduates at Suicide Sunday, Henley regatta champions, Highland fling performers, Eton & Harrow polo players, London tweed runners, galloping huntsmen, music festival eccentrics young and old,  Scottish reelers, wind battered opera singers, Kevin Spacey, one minute disco dancers, Mr Whippy, and Ronnie Wood to name but a few….

A British Entertainment
Jocelyn Bain Hogg

380mm x 280mm,  208 pages,
176 colour photographs
Hardcover with Bellyband
Edition of 2000 copies
Introduction by Jonathan Heilbron
Essay by Lucy Beresford
Design and Art Direction Henrietta Molinaro
Caption editing Alice Waugh
Additonal direction Jon Levy
Published by Foto8 for Thomas Pink
ISBN: 978-0-0571630-0-3

retail price £49
available from: Thomas Pink

A selection of images from the book:

Headscarves, trousers and sturdy boots are typical of land girls fashion. The Women’s Land Army replaced men in agriculture during the first and second world wars.

Glyndebourne Festival Opera, east Sussex. Since 1934, the Christies have been hosting singers at their family home.

Pearly Kings sing ‘God Save the Queen’. the Pearly Kings and Queens originated in London’s East End in the 19th century when working class men and women wore pearl buttons on their coats to raise money for good causes.

Cambridge May Week. A period of uproarious celebration. May Week is in fact held in June, after all the final year students have finished their exams.