The trial of Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton in 1870 might have been designed for the media to whip up public outrage in a familiar mix of moral disapproval and prurient detail. As Neil McKenna’s Fanny and Stella reveals, this was indeed the intention of the British government of the day.
The war on sex
Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England
by Neil McKenna
Allen & Unwin, $27.99 pb, 417 pp, 9780571302444
Paul Morgan is a Melbourne-based novelist, writer, and editor. He is the author of The Pelagius Book (2005) and Turner’s...
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