Category Archives: Stokes, Anthony

The lash

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 23.22.47Its administration and physical properties

You can find out about the Victorian regulations on this in Pit of Shame: The Real Ballad of Reading Gaol (2007) by Anthony Stokes. Dalrymple points out in his foreword that

much of what goes on in any prison is very funny.

The humorous side is captured well by Stokes, along with all

the horror, the misery, the difficulties, the successes and failures

Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 08.54.56of imprisonment in Britain. Dalrymple says he does not think anybody could read the book

and conclude that the harsh treatment of prisoners is either a good idea or morally justified.