with author Paul Baker
“Oh Mr. Horne, how bona to vada your dolly old eke!”
Paul Baker recounts the story of Polari: the language used chiefly in the early twentieth century by gay men to avoid criminal prosecution or worse. Its roots are colorful and varied—from thieves’ Cant to Lingua Franca and prostitutes’ slang.
With a cast of drag queens and sailors, Dilly boys and macho clones, Fabulosa! is an essential document of recent history and a fascinating and fantastically readable account of this funny, filthy, and ingenious language.
Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language by Paul Baker (Reaktion, 2019)