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

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 b The extraordinary life of history's first modern lesbian who inspired the television series Gentleman Jack Anne Liste...

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Title:Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist
Author:Angela Steidele
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B07CTRVQF5
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • Nicki Markus
    Oct 20, 2018
    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 amazing things in the course of her life. Anne Lister was certainly quite a character, an...
  • Bettie☯
    Oct 25, 2018
    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 ... ...
  • The Reader
    May 31, 2019
    Fascinating and informative - although I do think it's a bit of a stretch to suppose that Anne Lister could have been the inspiration for Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Gives an even greater appreciation for the TV series. Love that this biography doesn't gloss over Anne's dickishn...
  • Kim
    Jun 01, 2019
    For anyone interested in bold lesbian lives, extraordinary adventurers, travel stories-- Anne Lister scaled mountain heights few had, and no woman had. The last 3rd of the book is an account of her journey across Russia and the Caucasus, she went places white people had never seen. And...
  • Ape
    May 09, 2019
    Very thorough biography. There are two biographies of Anne Lister which have recently been released, no doubt in giddiness for the coming BBC/HBO series on Anne Lister's life. I was in Halifax earlier this year and visited Shibdon Hall, which has spurred me on to do some more reading o...
  • Nichell
    Jun 13, 2019
    I was in awe of this woman. Her love for the fairer sex and being unapologetic about it. She never allowed anyone to deter her from what she wanted. Despite the era, she was who she was. I want to believe that there was one woman that she truly loved, only she could not have her, and d...
  • Viv JM
    Jan 27, 2019
    DNF @ 168 pages I got a bit bored of Anne Lister and her many lady-conquests. ...
  • Cheryl
    Apr 19, 2019
    What a read. What a trove of research. Regardless of what you think about the life of Anne Lister, this is so well put together. Whilst it initially felt disjointed and didn't flow. As I progressed through, it was so very carefully delivered, weaving in the detail from Lister's own ...
  • F
    Mar 30, 2019
    I really wanted to like this biography. I was so ready to like it. I wanted to cover it in stars and queer praise. It is, undoubtedly, thoroughly researched. Certainly, Steidele knows her subject and the material very well, as much as their historical and literary importance. However, ...
  • Teresa
    May 27, 2019
    What a fascinating book about a fascinating life! I could not put my Kindle down this weekend. A little sad because I feel I've read spoilers for tonight's HBO episode, although I'm eager to see the Sally Wainwright version of events! I especially loved the detailed account of Anne ...
  • Jamie Lee
    Mar 27, 2019
    Anne Lister is some one who I always want to know more about, I find her so fascinating. I had really high expectations for this book but it fell a little flat for me. Don't get me wrong it's a super interesting read, but after you've read about 100pages it tends to get a bit repetitiv...
  • Smalltown
    Jun 12, 2019
    Was motivated to find out more about Anne Lister after the HBO series. Fascinating woman but I didn?t really need a blow by blow on her sex life. Her adventurous spirit was more interesting although the societal approach to lesbians was interesting too. She traveled literally all ove...
  • sassafrass
    Apr 03, 2019
    I initially picked this book up for two reasons. The first is, as I work in a bookshop, keeping up to date with upcoming releases makes my life much easier when talking to customers about the books they were based on. HBO is dramatising Anne Lister's life, more specifically they are ba...
  • Sofia
    May 25, 2019
    This was such a good read!! Anne lister is hugely admirable in one sense, but also a total nightmare. Also a massive Tory. ...
  • Siobhan
    Sep 29, 2018
    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 a good biography for anything looking for an introduction to Lister's life and what s...
  • Rachael Eyre
    Jan 14, 2019
    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 LGBT people are a modern phenomenon. This biography is a quick, informative read. ...
  • Gianna
    Nov 18, 2018
    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 biography is based on Lister's personal diaries, much of which were coded as to not be r...
  • Lynn Robertson
    Dec 10, 2018
    Chronological recounting of the diaries but lacked analytical sociological context. Interesting travelogue. ...
  • Leah
    Jun 10, 2019
    What a Ride! This book was very well sourced and researched, and I enjoyed the author's style. Occasionally, some parts would get a bit confusing due to the similarities of people's names, but the author got me right back on track. This book tells us so much that the show leaves out...
  • Neil
    Apr 10, 2019
    This is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review on here. The life is Anne Lister is fascinating and well worth reading about. However the author has engaged in virtually no review or critique of Anne?s life beyond stating what? she did and when and with whom. Anne, i...
  • Avery Edwards
    Apr 01, 2019
    Look, Anne Lister was a terrible, terrible person. But if you can stomach reading about pretty much any white male landowner with a host of lovers from the nineteenth century, you can handle this. Mr. Rochester turned female is no less awful, and worse because she was a real person. ...
  • Patricia
    May 05, 2019
    Gentleman Jack tells the story of Anne Lister, a woman considered by many to be the first 'modern' lesbian. This certainly was a big part of her character but after reading this what struck me more was how she had so little regard for the so called normal expectations of a woman in tho...
  • Helen Carolan
    Jan 18, 2019
    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 intrigued by the book. Sadly I couldn't get with it at all. Found it far too repetitive....
  • Chasity
    May 16, 2019
    I really hope someone eventually decodes her entire journal. I know it will take several years to complete but I believe it will also open up new ways of how she lived. Anne Lister was very intresting person and after reading this I realise that there were alot of women just like h...
  • rosamund
    Apr 05, 2019
    I read an article about Anne Lister some months ago, and found it very interesting: the bare facts of her life are fascinating. An independent woman, Lister travelled extensively, and managed to take control of her uncle's estates due to her determination and strong business acumen. Sh...
  • Anouk
    May 31, 2019
    She's a Tory and a landlord but I love her ...
  • Jenna
    Jan 09, 2019
    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 involved in so many things. I did find some of the points about Halifax & the geograph...
  • Nadin
    Jan 04, 2019
    Anne Lister was a narcissistic but fascinating person, her life full of polyamorous dyke drama and travels. This biography is also a poetic middle finger (a body part that Anne mentions a lot) to the romanticed tales of female "friendships". (now English edition: "Gentleman Jack") ...
  • Orláith
    Nov 03, 2018
    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 aren't planning to watch the series, you should definitely read this biography as An...
  • Tenebrous Kate
    Mar 02, 2019
    Anne Lister is an extraordinarily vexing historical figure. On one hand, her diaries (written partially in code to disguise explicit passages) reveal a candid, curious, energetic woman who is unashamed of her lesbian desires. Those same diaries also give strong evidence of a narcissist...