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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
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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. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge,... show more
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.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781328664082
Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFIN CANADA
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
5.0 Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane
What a great book! I don't know what else to say except Rubenhold does such a great job of giving us a full picture of the five women who were murdered by Jack the Ripper. She goes in the order of the murders, with each section focusing on them from birth to death. She skips over their brutal murder...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
5.0 You should read this
When this book first came out, I put it on the “wait until paperback” list. Then the news about Rubenhold being trolled arrived. She was even compared to David Irving. Surely, I thought, this can not be simply because she is a woman and argues that not all the victim were prostitutes. Surely, it ...
Spooky's Maze of Books
Spooky's Maze of Books rated it
4.0 The Five
Title : The Five Author : Hallie Rubenhold Genre: History ( true crime ) Pages:336 April 9 ,2019 Book 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...
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