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

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

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

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. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that `the Ripper' preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time - but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.
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'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

'What a brilliant and necessary book'
JO BAKER, author of Sunday Times bestselling Longbourn

`A Ripper narrative that gives voice to the women he silenced; I've been waiting for this book for years. Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.'
ERIN KELLY, Sunday Times bestselling author of He Said/She Said


'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

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ISBN 9780857524485
Publisher Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format Hardback
Pages 432
Publication date 28 February 2019

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