I’m delighted to say we’ve acquired World Rights to The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, which we’ll be publishing in November.
You may have seen the BBC drama starring Maxine Peake earlier this year, which has been shown at over 50 festivals around the world and won best feature at three of the most prestigious.
Anne Lister (1791-1840) was an incredible woman who, in Regency Yorkshire, lived life on her own terms. Refusing to marry, she defied convention, yet became a wealthy landowner, industrialist and traveller; she also took lovers and even ‘married’ another woman. Anne kept a detailed account of her life, loves and emotions in a fascinating four-million-word journal. A sizeable portion of the journal was written in code, which Helena Whitbread spent decades deciphering and editing into this astonishing book.
We have received some amazing quotes:
Engaging, revealing, at times simply astonishing: Anne Lister's diaries are an indispensable read for anyone interested in the history of gender, sexuality, and the intimate lives of women’ Sarah Waters
‘The Lister diaries are the Dead Sea Scrolls of lesbian history: they changed everything. By resurrecting them and editing them with such loving attention and intelligence, Helena Whitbread has earned the gratitude of a whole generation’ Emma Donoghue
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