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  • Published: 25 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473531789
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Gentleman Jack

The Real Anne Lister The Official Companion to the BBC Series

The diaries that inspired a major new eight-part BBC One drama starting Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and created, written and directed by Sally Wainwright (Last Tango In Halifax, Happy Valley).

‘Here I am, at forty-one, with a heart to seek. What will be the end of it?'

Anne Lister is fascinating and unique. As a landowner, industrialist and lesbian in 19th Century Halifax, she defied the conventions of the society in which she lived. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister introduces readers to a complex woman who lived and loved fearlessly. Every part of Anne Lister’s story is based in historical fact, recorded in the five million words of diaries she left behind, once hidden in a secret code. This book follows Anne’s life through the years 1831-1834, and includes journal extracts that have been decrypted for the very first time by Gentleman Jack series creator Sally Wainwright and historian Anne Choma.

  • Pub date: 25 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473531789
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the Authors

Sally Wainwright

Sally Wainwright is a BAFTA award-winning writer and director. Her shows include Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, To Walk Invisible, Scott & Bailey and At Home with the Braithwaites.

Anne Choma

Anne Choma is a writer and historical researcher, specialising in the life and times of Anne Lister. She lives in Yorkshire.

Praise for Gentleman Jack

“Brilliant and accessible”

Suranne Jones, actress and television Producer

“Top 20 audio books of 2019”

The Guardian

“A probing and page-turning study… full of original insights and freshly decoded material… the best one-volume intro to the astonishing Anne Lister”

Emma Donoghue, International best selling author of ‘Room', screen writer and Academy Award Winner


DIVA Magazine


Radio Times Book Club Choice

“How often I have wished for a book like this, which goes deep into the real life of a historical figure portrayed on the screen.”

Caroline Donahue, The Secret Library Podcast

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