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A dirty, filthy book : sex, scandal, and one woman’s fight in the Victorian trial of the century

ISBN: 9780753559932
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wh Allen (UBD)
Origin: GB
Release Date: February, 2024

Book Details

London, 1877. A petite young woman stands before an all-male jury, about to risk everything. She takes a breath, and opens her defence. Annie Besant and her confidant Charles Bradlaugh are on trial for the sordid crime of publishing and selling a birth control pamphlet. Remarkably, forty-five years before the first woman will be admitted to the English bar, Annie is defending herself. Before Britain’s highest judge she declares a woman’s right to choose when and if, to have children. At a time when women were legally and socially subservient to men, Annie’s defiant voice was a sensation. The riveting trial scandalised newspapers, captivated the British public and sparked a debate over morals, censorship & sex. Drawing on unpublished archives, private papers and courtroom transcripts and featuring an incredible cast including Queen Victoria, George Bernard Shaw and London itself, A Dirty, Filthy Book tells the gripping story of a forgotten pioneer who refused to accept the role the Establishment assigned to her. Instead, she chose to resist.