Re further but is hardly in depth I have no idea how to end this review so uhhhhToodles She s a Tory and a andlord but I ove her a groundbreaking new to end this review so uhhhhToodles She s a Tory and a andlord but I ove her a groundbreaking new of Anne Lister Regency andowner seducer and proud esbian 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 overs Gentleman Jack is a biography of Anne Lister Regency Yorkshire andowner known for her relationships with women and explicit diaries partly written in code Full of uotations from her diaries it is a good biography for anything ooking for an introduction to Lister s Buried 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 countries across Europe and even Azerbaijan Steidele also weaves in elements of the act of uncoding Lister s diaries and the reticence of earlier generations to reveal their explicitesbian sex which is crucial to thinking about the reception of Anne ListerBefore the BBC s upcoming drama of the same name the biography is a good way to earn about a fascinating historical figure It is engaging and readable giving enough explanatory detail that you don t need to know the period well Without knowing a huge amount about scholarship around Lister it is difficult to comment on its accuracy and depiction of her but it certainly is an interesting book Gentleman Jack was an interesting read on many evels firstly as a commentary on the ife of a esbian in the early 19th century and secondly as an account of a fascinating woman who did some amazing things in the course of her ife Anne Lister was certainly uite a character and while I was intrigued by her romantic exploits it was her extensive travels that gripped me This work shines a ight on a ittle known figure who deserves recognition The only reason I give this book four stars rather than five is the fact that at times I found the prose style a ittle tiresome Although the story captivated me the writing didn t However I certainly recommend this work to readers interested in ueer history or those simply ooking to earn about fascinating personalities from the pastI received this book as a free eBook *ARC VIA NETGALLEY LOOK ANNE LISTER *via NetGalley Look Anne Lister a terrible terrible person But if you can stomach reading about pretty much any white male andowner with a host of overs from the nineteenth century you can handle this Mr Rochester turned female is no A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, less awful and worse because she was a real person But it means something as modern LGBT people to see someoneike us openly The Shadow Reader living their truth hundreds of years ago Anne s girlfriends were all fascinating women and I wanted to know about them andess about her It s a shame that the same virtue of self assurance which Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies led her toead her ife with as much confidence as she did is also the same vice that caused her to hurt the people around her repeatedly and behave
Incredibly Selfishly As The Author Says First She Seduced Me selfishly As the author says first she seduced me she betrayed me much ike her real The Power Of A Choice loversHighly entertaining though the travel towards the end did have me skimming aittle And food for thought because my god did Miss Lister manage to bed a ot of women so is esbianism in history really as rare as we pretend. G the coal seams under her family estate in Halifax and her reaction to the Peterloo massacre She conducted a ove ife of The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right labyrinthine complexity all while searching for a girlfriend who could provide her with both financial security and trueoveAnne Lister's rich and unconventional ife is now the subject of the major BBC TV drama series Gentleman Ja. ,
A book that will stay with me for weeks to come I suspect It eaves much to ponder upon I ve no hesitation in recommending it especially if British history s your thing social cultural political An interest in diversity might help too along with travel Here you would read how an ambitious and highly charged Monsieur Pain lesbian on the perimeter of theanded aristocracy sought fulfilment Old money forced because of the turn in the economic tide to mingle with the newThere is much to admire about Anne Lister much ess to ike Her diary is shocking not so Much In The Secrets in the secrets the boudoir but in the rather brazen accounts of how she manipulated people to her own advantage sexually materially even politically She was totally at ease with her sexuality certainly free from feelings of guilt in an age of moral proscription That ought to make her a gay icon But in today s world where diversity is all important she is totally out of step She was an arch reactionary on the side of the authorities over the Peterloo massacre opposed to the Parliamentary Reform Act of 1832 and the sworn enemy of the infant trade unions As a woman Anne Lister could not of course vote directly in
parliamentary elections butelections But a canny operator of power and the systems at her disposal she could rely on 20 or so votes from her heavily eaned upon tenants It is hard to believe that had she ived into the twentieth century she would have had any truck with the suffragettes Anne Lister had boundless energy physical mental and sexual She was well read cultured a classicist and an inveterate and hardy traveller She was also keenly interested in scientific discovery industrial developments advances in medical science she studied anatomy and was uite at home with a knife in her hand with which she dissected humans and animalsShe acked the material resources to fund her ifestyle hence her alliance and marriage with Ann Walker new money as opposed to the Listers old As proprietor of her family estates Anne did what had been done "FOR GENERATIONS BEFORE HER SHE MARRIED WELL I FEEL "generations before her she married well I feel her partner Ann Walker deserves a book of her own however slim The Wife s Story perhaps When Anne Lister s physical health finally failed her during her arduous trek with Ann W in and around Russia it was the Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. latter who transported her body back to Halifax to be buried in the family vault there Ann Walker s story is a sad one she was incarcerated in a mental asylum by her family on her return to England There she joined Anne Lister s firstover The Asylum was a growth industry then a useful dumping ground for Society in which to incarcerate troublesome individuals for their own good of course I can t help thinking that had Anne Lister ived she might have done the same and for similar reasons Please please do not read this book Seriously If you re actually interested in earning about Anne Lister this is not the book for youThis book is judge jury and executioner to its subject which feels ike a complete violation of the rules of a biography You can tell just by the table of contents her ife is divided up not by milestone events but by the women she seduces Because clearly when someone isn t straight the only interesting thing about them is their sex Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, life Everything else Lister was ever involved or interested in except her travels is dismissed with a couple ofines each. The extraordinary Il morto di Maigret life of history's first modernesbian 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 andowner an intrepid world traveller and an unabashed over of other women In thi. Worse the biographer is making blatant value judgements along the way without at any point engaging with the context in which her subject ived In the ast third of the Okay I think I need to take a break from this book because it is depressing the hell out of me The research I do on Anne Lister the it "becomes clear that she wasin facta horrible human being I sort of went from thinking well she was a "clear that she wasin facta horrible human being I sort of went from thinking well she was a human being ike all of us and it s unfair for me to hold her as a ueer woman to a higher moral standard than I would hold a man from the a higher moral standard than I would hold a man from the era to thinking Jesus Christ even Byron never did anything THAT fucked up And I know it shouldn t upset me so much to find out that a random woman who s been dead for hundreds of years was a total monster but I amdevastated So I might just stop researching her and pretend that Anne as she is in the BBC show and Anne as she was in real ife are two completely different unrelated individuals After all as somebody pointed out to me when I was complaining about all this the moral discrepancy between the characters of Brooklyn 99 and their real Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom life counterparts hasn t ruined that show for me If Don Juan had met Anne Lister he d habe become depressed Prtf 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 myife much easier when talking to customers about the books they were based on HBO is dramatising Anne Lister s Sexual Secrets life specifically they are basing their interpretation off this particular biography The other reason is that as a gay woman I am always hungry for LGBT history in any form I wanted desperately to feel some sort of connection to hook my ownongings onto the chain of women before me and not feel so isolated in my experiences Alas rather than find any kind of unity I found myself hating Anne Lister with every turn of the page She was an egomaniac finding fault in all of her overs for swathes of reasons all of them demonstrating about Anne s personality flaws and inflated pride than damning any of her rejected women She found some too unintelligent others weren t rich enough others too far below her in social standing She didn t ike any woman who had slept with a man preferring virgins who had not been spoiled She didn t ike her overs to be assertive preferring them passive and docile both in the bedroom and in day to day ife Monogamy was boring for her but rather than tell her various overs that she preferred to Purely Sexual lie and uiteiterally cheat Freuently many of them understandably suffered from break downs and depression which Anne hilariously never fathoms that she herself might be the cause Two of her The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 lovers ended up in mental asylums the first and theast the first Eliza Raine Anne encouraged to have incarcerated for ife so she would be unable to testify against her in court It s not the biographers fault if the subject is repulsive but I also found Steidele s approach too neutral and acking any kind of spark It was ike reading a chart of a ife rather than steeping myself in the time and world of Anne Lister *Anyway If You Re Going Into This Looking For Any * if you re going into this ooking for any of familiarity I will be greatly concerned if you find any As a record the history of ove between women it is a great starting off point there are several names dropped in this book that I want to explo. S bold new biography prizewinning author Angela Steidele uses the diaries to create a portrait of Anne Lister as we've never seen her before a woman in some ways very much of her time and in others far ahead of it Anne Lister recorded everything from the most intimate details of her numerous iaisons through to her plans to make her fortune by exploitin.