The Gentleman Jack Effect - Lessons in Breaking Rules by Janet Lea

The Gentleman Jack Effect - Lessons in Breaking Rules by Janet Lea


The Gentleman Jack Effect - Lessons in Breaking Out Rules and Living Out Loud


Until the period drama Gentleman Jack first aired in 2019, English landowner, world traveler, prolific diarist, and unapologetic lesbian Anne Lister was a well-kept secret. So was Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress who married her—in 1834. Now, the true story of how these two daring souls rose above 19th century social conventions is an inspiration to others yearning to be their most authentic selves.


HBO/BBC’s ground-breaking television series electrified women worldwide and vaulted Anne Lister, aka Gentleman Jack, to lesbian icon status. It also prompted epic transformations among its fans, documented in Janet Lea's engaging collection of dozens of first-person narratives about what she calls "the Gentleman Jackeffect."

This illustrated anthology details how a TV show about a adventurous 230-year-old lesbian inspired women worldwide to embrace their sexuality, discover love and friendship among the burgeoning Gentleman Jack fandom, climb the same mountain Lister was the first person in the world to conquer, morph into history detectives, and embark on pilgrimages to Halifax, Lister's hometown in northern England and now the new lesbian mecca. 

The Gentleman Jack Effect chronicles how a prime time television drama spurred the creation of an international community of gay women and their allies, sparked a movement to update queer history, and emboldened women, regardless of whom they love, to throw off society’s restraints to live fearlessly and fully be themselves. Its timely lessons in risk-taking and self-acceptance are relevant for every woman today.




  • Details

    Imprint: Janet Lea

    Publication Date: Oct 2021

    ISBN: 9780962183713

    Type: Paperback

    Pages: 335

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