|Anna Choma. Sally Wainwright, fwd.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||272 / 2019|
Fearless, charismatic, and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, Anne Lister forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her, contracting the first known marriage between women in 1834. She was a landowner, an industrialist, and a prolific diarist, inspiring the 2019 BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack. This biography follows Lister 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. Also included here are extracts from Lister's journal—written in a code combining algebra and ancient Greek—decrypted for the first time by series creator Sally Wainwright and historian Anne Choma.