By JIM McCUE
Although the occasion is unlikely to be much remarked, 2016 will see the 200th anniversary of the birth of Punch's third Editor, Shirley Brooks.
Resourceful and witty, he wrote for many papers, reported from Russia, Syria and Egypt, and took Dickens’s former place as parliamentary correspondent of the Morning Chronicle. He also wrote plays which were staged in the West End with moderate success. His column in the Illustrated London News was engagingly entitled “Nothing in the Papers”, and he had a novel illustrated by Tenniel. On February 24, Catherine Southon Auctioneers will sell a stray volume of his diary (estimate £600–800), which includes an elegy for a young sweetheart whom he had never quite had the courage to kiss.