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

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

'A fascinating book about a remarkable woman' The Times

Anne Lister was a Yorkshire heiress, an intrepid world traveller and a proud lesbian during a time when it was difficult simply to be female. She chose to remain unmarried, dressed all in black and spoke openly of her lack of interest in men. The first woman to climb Vignemale in the treacherous Pyrenees, she journeyed as far as Azerbaijan and slept with a pistol under her pillow. As daring as Don Juan and as passionate as Heathcliff, Anne would not be constrained by the mores of Regency society.

Anne's diaries lay hidden for many years, before scholars were brave enough to crack their code. Her erotic confessions and lively letters tell the story of an extraordinary woman. In this groundbreaking new book, celebrated author Angela Steidele gives a fresh perspective on the life of a cult historical figure.

Title:Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist
Edition Language:English

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  • Siobhan

    Gentleman Jack is a biography of Anne Lister, Regency Yorkshire landowner known for her relationships with women and explicit diaries partly written in code. Full of quotations from her diaries, it is...

  • Nicki Markus

    Gentleman Jack was an interesting read on many levels—firstly, as a commentary on the life of a lesbian in the early 19th century, and secondly, as an account of a fascinating woman who did some ama...

  • Bettie?

    a groundbreaking new biography of Anne Lister, Regency landowner, seducer and proud lesbian during a time when it was difficult simply to be female. With the code to her secret diaries now cracked, we...

  • Rachael Eyre

    It's difficult to argue with the author's conclusion that Anne Lister was an egotistical fortune hunter, but her diaries are an invaluable historical document, disproving the homophobic argument that ...

  • Viv JM

    DNF @ 168 pagesI got a bit bored of Anne Lister and her many lady-conquests....

  • Helen Carolan

    The premise of this book sounded so interesting but the execution fell far short. The author is German so perhaps it lost something in translation. I had never heard of Anne Lister so was even more in...

  • Gianna

    An interesting biography, Gentleman Jack portrays the hard and fascinating life of Anne Lister, Yorkshire heiress and one of the first openly homosexual women of all times. Thoroughly detailed, the bi...

  • Jenna

    I did find this incredibly fascinating. It’s made me want to read her diaries! I’ve grown up in Halifax, and Anne Lister has always been a name I knew, but I never realised how deeply she was invo...

  • Orlith

    Originally posted at https://www.instagram.com/p/Bput22eH6BW/If you are planning to watch the BBC dramatization of Anne Lister's life next year, you absolutely must read this biography. Even if you ar...

  • Lynn Robertson

    Chronological recounting of the diaries but lacked analytical sociological context. Interesting travelogue. ...