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  • Published: 28 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780857524485
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $40.00

The Five

The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper


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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER: Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London - the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. 'Powerful and shaming' Guardian

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READ THE REAL STORIES OF THE FIVE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER

- THE No. 5 Sunday Times BESTSELLER
- A New York Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, GQ, Washington Post, Oprah Winfrey Magazine and Independent Summer read/History Book of the Year
- Longlisted for the BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
- Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction
- Shortlisted for the Historical Writers' Association Non-Fiction Crown Award

'An angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. Powerful and shaming' GUARDIAN
'Gripping' NEW YORK TIMES

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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'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

  • Pub date: 28 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780857524485
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $40.00

About the Author

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is a social historian and an authority on women's lives of the past. She has worked as a curator for the National Portrait Gallery and as a university lecturer. Her books include Lady Worsley's Whim, dramatized by the BBC as The Scandalous Lady W, and Covent Garden Ladies: The Extraordinary Story of Harris's List, which inspired the ITV series Harlots. She lives in London with her husband.

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Praise for The Five

“How fitting that in the year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, dignity is finally returned to these unfortunate women.”

Professor Dame Sue Black, author of ALL THAT REMAINS

“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

“A Ripper narrative that gives voice to the women he silenced; I’ve been waiting for this book for years. Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.”

Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID

“What a brilliant and necessary book”

Jo Baker, author of LONGBOURN

“Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears of pity and of rage.”

LUCY WORSLEY

“Forests have been felled in the interests of unmasking the murderer, but until now no one has bothered to discover the identity of his victims. The Five is thus an angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. . . This is a powerful and a shaming book, but most shameful of all is that it took 130 years to write.”

Frances Wilson, Guardian

“By collating these five deeply affecting biographies ... Rubenhold has given these women the immortality that their murderer does not deserve.”

Daily Mail

“Stupendous. The sort of work that keeps history vital.”

IMOGEN HERMES GOWER, author of THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK

“Fascinating, compelling, moving, The Five makes a fierce, passionate argument about the ethics of how we engage with murder. A brilliant,properly thoughtful, responsible piece of political writing.”

BRIDGET COLLINS, author of THE BINDING

“‘Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly deserve to be thought of as more than eviscerated bodies on an East London street. This haunting book does something to redress that balance.”

Sunday Times

“A highly readable work of rigorous scholarship that plunges the reader into the claustrophobic world of late 19th-century London... The story of these five women – Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly – is not one of death, but one of life.”

Rebecca Rideal, NewStatesman

“A Sunday Times must-read.”

Sunday Times

“Fascinating and hugely important book acts as a timely reminder of what happens when society ceases to care for its most vulnerable residents.”

Herald Scotland

“This confidently written book gives a rich insight into the world of the wretched in the late Victorian period. Rubenhold writes in a compassionate but unsentimental style…”

Literary Review

“An outstanding work of history-from-below … magnificent”

The Spectator

“Urges us to look beyond the familiar stories... The Five challenges the accepted view of the five canonical victims of Jack the Ripper, and tells the untold stories of their lives.”

History Revealed

“THE FIVE has received deservedly rave reviews. It's gripping.”

New York Times

“A brilliant and important book that will reshape how this case is studied - anyone interested in social history or the history of crime owes a debt to @HallieRubenhold”

EMMA FLINT

“Hard-edged and heartbreaking”

Washington Post

“Our fascination with true crime means we often focus on the perpertrator, such as Ted Bundy, rather than the victims. It's time to stop focusing on the killer and start remembering the victims: Polly, Annie, Catherine and Mary-Jane”

Stylist

“Deeply researched portraits of the victims as they lived . . . A distinct story that has never been fully or truthfully told.”

New Yorker


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