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No Priest but Love

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister 1824-1826

By Anne Lister

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Following from The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister (also published by Virago Modern Classics), this continues the diarist's story. This is the diary of a remarkable woman who lived life on her own terms in Regency England - she was a wealthy landowner, industrialist - and a lesbian.

Following from The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister (published by Virago) this volume continues her story. Anne Lister arrives in post-revolutionary Paris in 1824, attempting to recover from a doomed love affair with a married woman. There she becomes emotionally entangled with a young widow. Anne's efforts, firstly to extricate herself from this new 'scrape' and then to make a choice between the two women in her life, provides an absorbing sexual and social drama.

We follow Anne Lister to Buxton, Derbyshire, where a husband appears in hot pursuit of his straying wife who has, in turn, followed Anne there; in Halifax, the Yorkshire town of Anne's birth; to London; and, lastly, to post-revolutionary Paris, a city alive with political intrigue. Anne's descriptive powers bring each scene vividly to life, providing a brilliant, kaleidoscopic background to her story.

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  • ISBN: 9780349006895
  • Publication date: 24 Feb 2015
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  • Imprint: Virago
The journal of Anne Lister is a revelation . . . The diaries are startling. All the details of Anne's love affairs and flirtations are there, free from suppression or euphemism — Guardian
As a document of one woman's revolt against convention and as a celebration of love between women, this is an uplifting book — Independent
Precise and detailed, enlivened by her eccentricity . . . She reveals her lesbian affairs with remarkable honesty, offering at the same time a rare insight into the mores of the times — Sunday Times
In all literature it would be hard to find a diarist who approaches with such courage and candour the secret places of the mind and heart — London Review of Books
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