Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist
'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...more
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 get to know her many lovers ...
Angela Steidele has created an interesting book for the reader - although some more effort in the writing style would have gone a long way. Nevertheless, it was a good read, recommend ...more
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 aren't planning to watch the series, you should definitely read this biography as Anne was fascinating, truly fascinating.
The deeper I got into this book, the less I liked Anne Lister. To quote the author, she really is a beast of a woman. An egocentric, selfish social climber I truly could not see that she had any heartfelt feelings for anyone except for her namesake Aunt Anne. Even so, this isn't a book about being a good person, or even about love though I suspect that the BBC will sugarcoat the truth in an upcoming drama. Anne Lister was a woman who lived unashamedly t ...more
Like Angela Steidele, I have to conclude that Anne is a "beast of a woman". Fascinating, but you have to feel sorry for the people around her, because she comes across as... ...more