Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper – Hallie Rubenhold Staff Pick

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I couldn’t put this one down! The lives of these unfortunate women is brought memorably to life – their individual stories shine a light into the darkest corners of Victorian life. I want everyone to read this – It’s a gem!

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THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 2019 An angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. Powerful and shaming 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. 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. WINNER OF THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS FOR HISTORY 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOLFSON HISTOR PRIZE 2020 HAY FESTIVAL BOOK OF THE YEAR PRAISE FOR THE FIVE Gripping New York Times At last, the Rippers 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 AWARDS FOR THE FIVE – Shortlisted for the WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2020 – Winner of the BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE for Non-fiction 2019 – HAY FESTIVAL Book of the Year 2019 – Shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction – Shortlisted for the Historical Writers Association Non-Fiction Crown Award – A New York Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, GQ, Washington Post, Oprah Winfrey Magazine and Independent Summer read/History Book of the Year – Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for History 2019

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30/01/2020