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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Hardback)

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Winner of Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019

 

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Synopsis

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London - the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.


Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.


What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.


Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.





'An angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth.' Guardian 


'At last, the Ripper's victims get a voice... An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth.' Mail on Sunday


'Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears, of pity and of rage.' LUCY WORSLEY


'How fitting that in the year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, dignity is finally returned to these unfortunate women.' PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK


`Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly deserve to be thought of as more than eviscerated bodies on an East London street. This haunting book does something to redress that balance' Sunday Times 



BiographyTrue storiesTrue crimeEssays & WritingEssays & JournalismHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural history Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 28/02/2019 ISBN-13: 9780857524485  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Hallie Rubenhold is a social historian and an authority on women's lives of the past. She has worked as a curator for the National Portrait Gallery and as a university lecturer. Her books include Lady Worsley's Whim, dramatized by the BBC as The Scandalous Lady W, and Covent Garden Ladies: The Extraordinary Story of Harris's List, which inspired the ITV series Harlots. She lives in London with her husband.

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Customer Reviews

Excellent book for learning much about aspects of Victorian social history.This is not about the serial killer but about the lives of the victims. Not just the moments before their fate, but their life history and how they ended up in Whitechapel. Some had good starts in life but fell into misfortune. It shows that to classify all the victims as of one particular profession is wrong. We do their memory a disservice to continue to think in this way. This book helps to show us a bigger picture.

- 29/12/2019
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Great history book focussing on myths surrounding the Ripper's victims.

- 16/05/2019
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