As Good as a Marriage: The Anne Lister Diaries 1836-38 (Paperback)

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The BBC and HBO series Gentleman Jack brought Anne Lister to international attention, awakening tremendous interest in her diaries, which run to nearly five million words and are partly written in her secret code. They record in intimate detail the ways Anne challenged so many of society's expectations of women at the time.

In As Good as a Marriage, the sequel to Female Fortune, Jill Liddington's edited transcriptions of the diaries show us Anne from 1836-38, and guide the reader through life at Shibden Hall after Anne's unconventional 'marriage' to wealthy local heiress Ann Walker. The book explores the daily lives of these two women, from convivial evenings together to Anne's ruthless pursuit of her own business and landowning ambitions.

Yet the diaries' coded passages also record tensions and quarrels, with Ann Walker often in tears. Was their relationship really as fragile as Anne's coded writing suggests?

About the Author

Jill Liddington is the author of Female Fortune: The Anne Lister Diaries 1833-36 (2022), and Vanishing for the Vote: Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the Census (2014). She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781526176417
ISBN-10: 1526176416
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 384
Language: English