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Stephen Bibrowski, also known as Lionel the Lion Man.<br />
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The extraordinary story of the Fat Boy of Peckham is told in a new book which sheds new light on the unpalatable Edwardian obsession with the 'freak show'.<br />
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Rotund youngster Johnny Trunley became a major celebrity in the early 20th century because of his size and even toured Europe with Buffalo Bill.<br />
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Trunley's tale was not unusual as late-Victorians and Edwardians were fascinated with people who were different to the norm, with obese children, giants, dwarfs, Siamese twins and hairy men were paraded on stage and at circuses.<br />
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Historian Dr Jan Bondeson has highlighted some of the most unusual and remarkable tales from a bygone age in his new book, The Lion Boy And Other Medical Curiosities.