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 ... ...
  • Teri
    Jul 10, 2019
    If you are watching the HBO series, "Gentleman Jack," you will want to follow it up with this biography of Anne Lister. She was a fascinating woman! I could hardly put this book down just wanting to know what she would attempt next. She was so courageous being a lesbian and a landowner...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 21, 2019
    This book makes you realise what a huge social snob Miss Lister really was, and also how mercenary. While her lust for life and adventure and determination to live on her own terms was admirable, the fact is that the relationship with Ann Walker was not the love match it is portrayed i...
  • Sally
    Jul 20, 2019
    It's not often I read two biographies of the same person straight off- but Anne Choma's version focussed on one bit of Anne Lister's life ...and ended before she and Miss Walker embarked on their amazing journey to the Caucasus. This version looks at the whole of Lister's life through...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 23, 2019
    I'm really enjoying the TV series that is based on this book, so when I saw it in a local book shop I thought it would be nice to learn more. I'm not sure if it's the translation, the writing style, the fact that I don't really like Anne Lister, or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Marlene
    Jul 10, 2019
    This book would've been a 5/5 hadn't the author used a condescending tone in the last few chapters and seemed to handpick diary transcripts to justify what seems to be her opinions of Anne Lister. The book is very well researched and an interesting read overall, but the tone of the ...
  • 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....
  • Crystal
    Jul 22, 2019
    I became interested in this book following the Netflix series ?Gentleman Jack? but I have some conflicting thoughts with this one. The downside: It was easy to tell that the author did not think highly of Ann Lister, which I found unfortunate since it would have been a much better ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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") ...
  • 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...
  • Celia
    Jun 29, 2019
    Okay: I think I need to take a break from this book because it is depressing the hell out of me. The more research I do on Anne Lister, the more it becomes clear that she was....in fact.......a horrible human being? I sort of went from thinking "well, she was a flawed human being like ...