Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist

September 3, 2019 - Comment

The extraordinary life of history’s first modern lesbian who inspired the television series Gentleman Jack. Anne Lister’s journals were so shocking that the first person to crack their secret code hid them behind a fake panel in his ancestral home. Anne Lister was a Regency landowner, an intrepid world traveller…and an unabashed lover of other

The extraordinary life of history’s first modern lesbian who inspired the television series Gentleman Jack.

Anne Lister’s journals were so shocking that the first person to crack their secret code hid them behind a fake panel in his ancestral home. Anne Lister was a Regency landowner, an intrepid world traveller…and an unabashed lover of other women.  

In this bold new biography, prizewinning author Angela Steidele uses the diaries to create a portrait of Anne Lister as we’ve never seen her before: a woman in some ways very much of her time and in others far ahead of it. 

Anne Lister recorded everything from the most intimate details of her numerous liaisons through to her plans to make her fortune by exploiting the coal seams under her family estate in Halifax and her reaction to the Peterloo massacre. 

She conducted a love life of labyrinthine complexity, all while searching for a girlfriend who could provide her with both financial security and true love. Anne Lister’s rich and unconventional life is now the subject of the major BBC TV drama series Gentleman Jack.

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Anonymous says:

The subject first loved and then loathed by the author. This book is a really good read by an author who really knew her subject, but the enjoyment of it was marred, at the end, by the authors falling out of love with Anne Lister in the final quarter or so of the book.It was great to have a near cradle to grave overview of this extraordinary life, as so much that has been written so far has been of brief periods of time, due to the overwhelming amount of source material to draw from. However, some important events, such as the trip to…

Anonymous says:

Not a complete biography Well written, well judged biography, well translated, too. But the author hasn’t read anything like the 4 million words of Gentleman Jack’s diary, so much information I was hoping for (especially on her last journey across Russian and Georgia) was missing: the book appears to be based on the limited transcriptins done by previous researchers, none of whom has tackled the entire archive

Anonymous says:

Not one I personally would recommend Interesting to start with, but became tedious as it progressed

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