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

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. 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.
 

Title:The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
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  • Samantha Shannon

    I've been waiting for someone to write this book for years....

  • Bill Lynas

    I've probably read far too many books on Jack The Ripper in my lifetime, but Hallie Rubenhold's book sounded intriguing. Instead of covering the actual murders she puts together an excellent narrative...

  • Eleanor

    (4.5)The first thing to know about The Five is that it is a book defined by its approach; the second thing is that the approach is long overdue. The facts are these: in the late summer and autumn of 1...

  • Linden

    So often we hear stories of the murderer, but nothing of the victims. This author tells us the back story, fortunately omitting grisly details, of the five women thought to have been murdered in the l...

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  • Alison

    This book was phenomenal. It was so cleverly written, thoroughly researched, and interesting! Wow. Just wow! Rubenhold has done an incredible job of taking the scant information surrounding these girl...

  • Michelle Birkby

    A fascinating insight until the lives of the women Jack murdered - they aren't just victims or even fallen women - they were women with lives and dreams and flaws and family - absolutely heart breakin...

  • Steph Pomfrett

    Absolutely brilliant sociological look at the lives of the 'canonical five' and the grinding poverty they lived in; this is a well-researched, humanising book that reclaims the women at the heart of o...

  • Genna

    This is the book I’ve been waiting for....

  • Ava

    Thank you to Edelweiss for an ARC of this book!This book is absolutely phenomenal and incredibly important. I finished it in about a week, which is a VERY short timeframe for my usual non-fiction read...