Angela Steidele’s biography of Anne Lister – known as Gentleman Jack – tells the extraordinary story of a 19th century landowner, adventurer, industrialist and intellectual, hailed as the first modern lesbian. A 10-part BBC One series of Anne Lister’s life will be broadcast in the spring.
Andrea Lawlor’s Paul takes the form of a mortal girl transposes Virginia Woolf’s Orlando to ’90s San Francisco. A novel of transgender metamorphoses, it is a wild, funny and moving story. “I love this book for all its ecstasy, wit and hilarity” (Maggie Nelson).
Angela Steidele lives in Cologne and Andrea Lawlor in Massachusetts.
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