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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010)

A look at the life of 19th century Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister (1791-1840), who lived openly as a lesbian and kept diaries chronicling the details of her daily life.

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In nineteenth century Yorkshire wealthy orphan Anne Lister lives with an aunt and uncle, anxious for her to marry well and blissfully - unaware that she is a lesbian. Anne is recording her thoughts and exploits in a coded diary. When her lover Mariana Belcombe makes a marriage of convenience to rich old Charles Lawton she feels betrayed and, although Mariana visits her,the relationship is going nowhere. Helped by old flame Tib she makes a play for innocent Miss Browne but sees she is barking up the wrong tree and diverts herself by renovating the family hall. A drunken Tib almost exposes her secret and scornful mine-owner Christopher Rawson, whose marriage proposal she rejects, tells her that her sexuality is a subject of local gossip.... Written by Anonymous

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Anne Lister titkos élete  »

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Anne Lister: Stop it. Stop it, I said! I promised Mariana.
Isabella 'Tib' Norcliffe: Promised Mariana? And what has she promised you while she wears herself out in the service of her husband every night?
Anne Lister: I have never disguised the fact that my heart is hers.
Isabella 'Tib' Norcliffe: But what has she promised? To live with you? That'll never happen.
Anne Lister: When Charles dies, she will be my companion here at Shibden.
Isabella 'Tib' Norcliffe: That could be twenty years yet. Has she not galled you enough?
Anne Lister: I will not have another word said against Mariana. You're jealous!
Isabella 'Tib' Norcliffe: And you're misguided!
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 26 May 2010 (2010) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
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Testament to womens liberation
10 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This true story had me glued. To see how the women in Austen's time could pursue gay relationships and benefit financially just blew me away.

Miss Anne Lister would be considered a 'groomer' in modern society. But the fact she did what she did back in the early 19th century is a gutsy delight.

With the luxury of being rich she was able to move within society with a liberty untethered by convention.

It just shows how financial independence for women is the true liberation from the tyranny of conventional society.

Big high five to women doing it for themselves!


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