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.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
HALLIE RUBENHOLD, a social historian and frequent consultant for period dramas, is the author of The Covent Garden Ladies, the inspiration for the Hulu series Harlots, and The Scandalous Lady W. She is also the author of the historical novels Mistress of My Fate and The French Lesson.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
• Title: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed By Jack the Ripper • Author: Hallie Rubenhold • Series: Stand Alone • Pages: 336 • Genre: True Crime, Non Fiction, Historical • Rating Out of 5 Stars: 5 My Thoughts: The Jack the Ripper case files have always been a fascinating subject to me. It is rare to see someone have done so much research into the lives of the women who were the victims of such heinous mutilations. Rubenhold does a fantastic job of giving these women back their lives. I learned a great deal that I didn’t before. She goes into their families, what brought them to London, how they ended up at the chance of becoming victims and the misconceptions about their lives in general. While presented clearly it is a little dense of a read. Still highly enjoyed this read and absolutely recommend it.