When the police arrested two young men dressed as women outside the Strand Theatre in April, 1870, a scandal erupted that would not go away. The two young men who called themselves Fanny and Stella lived in a world that was unimaginable to most Victorians: a wildly promiscuous world of sex and drugs, of dukes and diplomats, of drag balls and drag brothels, of theatrical triumphs and disasters, of disease, death and suicide. Fanny and Stella were put on trial while the world looked on.
Now, for the first time, Neil McKenna recounts the stranger-than-fiction story of Fanny and Stella. Using material never before published, Neil McKenna weaves a magical and entertaining account of the extraordinary lives and scandalous trials of Fanny and Stella.
Neil McKenna is an award-winning writer and journalist who has written for the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Observer, the Guardian, the New Statesman and Channel 4 Television.Neil's bestselling biography The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde was published by Century in 2003 and by Basic Books in the United State, won widespread and glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and was nominated for several awards. Previously, Neil wrote two ground-breaking books – On the Margins and The Silent Epidemic – about men who have sex with men and the Aids epidemic in the develo...
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