The Five

The Five

The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Summary

THE UNTOLD LIVES OF THE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER

- THE MULTI AWARD-WINNING #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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'An angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. Powerful and shaming.' GUARDIAN
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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.
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'Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears, of pity and of rage.' LUCY WORSLEY
'Fascinating, compelling, moving.' - BRIDGET COLLINS, author of THE BINDING
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Awards for The Five include:
- Winner of the BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE for Non-fiction
- HAY FESTIVAL Book of the Year 2019
- Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for History


PRAISE FOR THE FIVE

'Gripping' New York Times

'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

'Dignity is finally returned to these unfortunate women.' PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK

'Haunting' SUNDAY TIMES

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

'Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.' ERIN KELLY

'An outstanding work of history-from-below ... magnificent'
THE SPECTATOR

'Deeply researched' THE NEW YORKER

Reviews

  • FIVE STARS: At last, the Ripper's victims get a voice... An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth.
    Gwen Smith, Mail on Sunday

About the author

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is the Number One Sunday Times bestselling and Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction prize-winning social historian whose expertise lies in revealing stories of previously unknown women and episodes in history. As well as The Covent Garden Ladies, Rubenhold's works of non-fiction include the award-winning and Number One bestselling The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper and Lady Worsley's Whim, dramatized by the BBC as 'The Scandalous Lady W'. Her latest work of non-fiction, Bad Women, the story of the disappeared wives and partner of Dr Crippen, is due to be published in 2022. She has also written two acclaimed novels Mistress of My Fate and The French Lesson which are a feminist homage to the literary tropes of the Eighteenth Century. She lives in London with her husband. Meet her @HallieRubenhold
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