'A fascinating book about a remarkable woman' The TimesAnne 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 a...
|Title||:||Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist Reviews
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 she wrote about in her diaries. Likely to be of most interest are her various relationships with women—often surprisingly openly for Regency society—and her interest in travel, scaling mountains and visiting countri ...more
DNF @ 168 pages
I got a bit bored of Anne Lister and her many lady-conquests.
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with the author's conclusion that Anne Lister was an egotistical fortune hunter, but her diaries are an invaluable historical document, disproving the homophobic argument that LGBT people are a modern phenomenon.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.
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.