Fanny & Stella
Fanny & Stella: The Men Who Shocked Victorian England by Neil McKenna
first published 2013, hardcover
The arrest of the flamboyantly dressed Miss Fanny Park and Miss Stella Boulton precipitated a sensational show trial that shocked and titillated Victorian London in equal measure. For the alluring Fanny and Stella were no ordinary young women. Far from it. In fact, they were young men who liked to dress as women. As the trial of ‘the Young Men in Women’s Clothes’ unfolded, Fanny and Stella’s extraordinary lives as wives and daughters, actresses and whores were revealed to an incredulous public.
Meticulously researched and dazzlingly written, Fanny & Stella is an enthralling tour-de-force for all fans of quirky narrative non-fiction.