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The Five

The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Written by: Hallie Rubenhold
Narrated by: Louise Brealey
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins

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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, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses and 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.

©2019 Hallie Rubenhold (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • 18-05-19

The story you think you know, but don't.

Turn history on its head. The women each have unique histories and what I thought I knew about them was mostly false. Amazing research has gone into this book. The stories are brilliantly written and the narrator is compelling.

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  • Debrakluit
  • 24-04-19

Excellent and Emotional

Excellent research work of these five women and an emotional review of a woman's life in the 19th century

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  • Amanda G Scott
  • 22-07-19

Moving story of sad lives

This book really made me think about how popular culture numbs us to the reality of people's lives. It describes the situation these women lived in and the social context of their lives and deaths. A seriously good book.