Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister out now


The official companion book to our upcoming 8-part series Gentleman Jack, starring Suranne Jones, is now available. Written by historical consultant Anne Choma with a foreword by series creator and BAFTA award-winner Sally Wainwright, Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister introduces readers to the woman – and the diary – behind the series, in her own words.

Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her God-given sexuality, Anne Lister 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. This book 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. It features unpublished journal extracts decrypted from the secret code of Anne’s devising for the first time by Gentleman Jack series creator Sally Wainwright and writer Anne Choma.



Published by BBC Books in Paperback, 25th April 2019