How Homosexuality Became a Crime

Non-Fiction - Historical
130 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2016
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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In an interesting and well-researched piece of work into the time period of the summer of 1885 in the UK, author David Boyle does a fine job in recounting for his readers what led to the criminalization of homosexuality in Scandal: How Homosexuality Became a Crime. Decisions made in an abrupt fashion led to the persecution of thousands and thousands of people over the next eighty years. What led to this sudden change? What were the political underpinnings that led to a change that affected so many? Using the personal story of one of the author's own relatives and the effects that these changes had on his and his friend's lives, this book melds the history of the time period along with detective work to uncover a great deal regarding exactly what went on during this difficult time period.

I so enjoyed Scandal: How Homosexuality Became a Crime. Coming from an educational background with an emphasis on sociopolitical history, I found this book to be extremely well written, interesting, and full of information that I had not come across before. Author David Boyle has done a great job in combining the personal story of one of his family members with real life historical accounts and has come up with a fabulous introduction to the background of this time period. Any reader who has any interest at all in history, politics, the history of the homosexual community in the United Kingdom, or just an interesting, well-researched read should definitely pick up Scandal. I highly recommend this short work, and look forward to reading more from author David Boyle in the future!