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Gentleman Jack (Movie Tie-In)
The Real Anne Lister
Media tie-in
By (author): Anne Choma Foreword by: Sally Wainwright
9780143134565 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / LGBT Apr 30, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.3 x 8 x 0.7 in 272 pages Penguin Books
The official companion book to the HBO series Gentleman Jack created by Sally Wainwright and starring Suranne Jones

In 1834, Anne Lister made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. This is her remarkable, true story.


Anne Lister was extraordinary. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. She was a landowner, an industrialist and a prolific diarist, whose output has secured her legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister follows Anne from her crumbling ancestral home in Yorkshire to the glittering courts of Denmark as she resolves to put past heartbreak behind her and find herself a wife. This biographical portrait introduces the real Gentleman Jack, featuring unpublished journal extracts decrypted for the first time by series creator Sally Wainwright and historian Anne Choma.

“Anne Choma’s Gentleman Jack is not just a tie-in to the TV series, but a probing and page-turning study of legendary diarist Anne Lister, full of original insights and freshly decoded material from the 1830s period of Lister’s hunt for a wife.” -Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room

Story Locale: Yorkshire, UK

TIE-IN TO MAJOR HBO SERIES: This is the official tie-in to a new HBO prestige drama created by foreword writer Sally Wainwright and starring Suranne Jones (“Vanity Fair”), Sophie Rundle (“Bodyguard”), and Gemma Whalen (“Game of Thrones”).

ESSENTIAL LGBTQ VOICE: Lister’s diaries are key documents in queer history, and will recieve a new spotlight with this series. She is often called “the first modern lesbian” and her diaries have been recognized by UNESCO as “a comprehensive and painfully honest account of lesbian life.”

BIOGRAPHY WITH DIARY EXTRACTS: Lister’s own writings are interwoven with biographical writing by Anne Choma, who served as the historical advisor on the HBO series, to create a rich portrait of her life and times.

NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED MATERIAL: This book contains 40,000 words from Lister’s diaries transcribed and published for the first time, making this an important work of scholarship as well as a tie-in event. Previous editions of Lister’s writings do not cover this time period in depth.

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

Anne Choma (author) is a writer and historical researcher, known as one of the foremost experts on the life and diaries of Anne Lister. She lives in Yorkshire.

Author Residence: Yorkshire, UK

“Anne Choma’s Gentleman Jack is not just a tie-in to the TV series, but a probing and page-turning study of legendary diarist Anne Lister, full of original insights and freshly decoded material from the 1830s period of Lister’s hunt for a wife.” -Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room

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