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Gentleman Jack :The Life and Times of Anne Lister The Official Companion to the BBC Series


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Meet Anne Lister, the 18th Century landowner, industrialist, explorer and lesbian, and your new feminist icon.

Gentleman Jack: The Diaries of Anne Lister is a remarkable and unlikely love story, set in the complex, changing world of Halifax - the cradle of the industrial revolution. These real-life historical diaries explore Anne’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals and are the inspiration for a new BBC One series starring Suranne Jones.

After years of exotic travel, Anne Lister returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall. To restore Shibden to its former glory, Anne must re-open her coal mines and marry well. But this isn’t just another Regency romance. Charismatic, single-minded, swashbuckling Anne Lister - who dressed head-to-foot in black and charmed her way into high society - has no intention of marrying a man. For Anne has set her sights on the wealthy socialite, Ann Walker …

Every part of Anne Lister’s story is based in historical fact, recorded in the four million words of her diaries that contain the most intimate details of her life, once hidden in a secret code that is now broken. Many of the diary extracts have been decoded for the very first time for this collection, curated by series creator Sally Wainwright with additional writing by historian Anne Choma.

Authors: Anne Lister, Sally Wainwright and Anne Choma.

Paperback, 448 Pages, Published March 2019

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