The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

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 Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London?the untold lives of the women k...

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Title:The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Author:Hallie Rubenhold
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B078985Z44
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper Reviews

  • Tara
    Apr 02, 2019
    Although my family is from East London, and I grew up nearby, I've never been very interested in Jack the Ripper. In fact, I've always found the 'Ripperology' phenomenon distasteful. Regardless of his identity, wasn't he just another woman-hating murderer? Nonetheless, as soon as I hea...
  • Marialyce
    Mar 27, 2019
    I got through 53% of this book and am going to push it aside. It is way too full of details and I feel the story of these unfortunate girls is getting weighed down by too many elements that are not necessary. Perhaps, I will pick it up once again at a later time. ...
  • Linda Baker
    Apr 01, 2019
    I have read probably more books, more theories, and watched more TV programs, about Jack the Ripper's identity than anyone should. Despite having a reasonably good knowledge of the lives of women and the poor in18th and 19th century England, I never gave much thought to his victims. Th...
  • Jackie
    Mar 30, 2019
    "When a woman steps out of line and contravenes the feminine norm, whether on social media or on the Victorian street, there is a tacit understanding that someone must put her back in her place." Let's me start with this: This book is so important! The Five is probably my most a...
  • Jo
    Apr 10, 2019
    Hallie Rubenhold has researched the lives of Jack the Rippers victims meticulously, she has given them a voice, whereas in other renditions of these heinous crimes they are a mere footnote. This time Jack is not the focus and is hardly mentioned. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Kate and Mary...
  • Linden
    Jan 02, 2019
    So often we hear stories of the murderer, but nothing of the victims. This author tells us the back story, fortunately omitting grisly details, of the five women thought to have been murdered in the late 1880?s by a serial killer called Jack the Ripper. These women were all pretty mu...
  • Steve
    Apr 12, 2019
    A brilliant and interesting book. I have read books on Jack the Ripper. This book deals with the five women who were savagely murdered by Jack the Ripper around different areas in London in 1888. To this day, the murders of these women and the murderer is unsolved. ...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Mar 21, 2019
    4.5 STARS - From August 1888 to November 1888, five women were murdered in the Whitechapel area of London by a person (or persons?) known only as Jack the Ripper. There have been countless articles, books and movies of the infamous crimes, with most focusing on the violence and mystery...
  • Emelinemimie
    Mar 29, 2019
    I loved this book. Moving the focus away from the murders and their perpetrator to focus instead on the victims as women with full, grievable lives, it provides a moving insight into Victorian Britain and what it was like to be a poor woman at the time. ...
  • Eleanor
    Feb 14, 2019
    (4.5) The first thing to know about The Five is that it is a book defined by its approach; the second thing is that the approach is long overdue. The facts are these: in the late summer and autumn of 1888, from the end of August to November, five women were murdered in London?s Wh...
  • Ava
    Feb 20, 2019
    Thank you to Edelweiss for an ARC of this book! This book is absolutely phenomenal and incredibly important. I finished it in about a week, which is a VERY short timeframe for my usual non-fiction reading speed, but wanted to wait to review it until I'd digested it. Well, I think th...
  • Ian
    Mar 16, 2019
    I think it's commendable to focus on the lives of victims and the circumstance of the time. However the author seems, like a victorian snob, obsessed about elevating social status of the victims. For example she speculates that Mary Kelly was from a higher class. This, based on a com...
  • Jamie Lee
    Mar 23, 2019
    'It is only by bringing these women back to life that we can silence the ripper and what be represents. By permitting them to speak, by attempting to understand their experiences and see their humanity, we can restore to them the respect and compassion to which they are entitled.' ...
  • Jessica
    Apr 08, 2019
    Outstanding, would definitely recommend. Is researched so meticulously and written to provoke interest. Possibly one of my favourite books and needs to be thrust into the hands of everyone, historians and students alike. ...
  • Hannah
    Mar 30, 2019
    Reclaiming the Victims of Jack The Ripper This book is a very timely exploration of the way that we view victims of these terrible crimes. In it, Hallie uses a quotation from 2008 for the trial of the Suffolk Strangler where the judge told the jury to disregard the lifestyles of the...
  • Sarah
    Mar 21, 2019
    "The world has learned to dress up in his costume at Halloween, to imagine being him, to honour his genius, to laugh at a murderer of women... In order to keep him alive, we have had to forget his victims. We have become complicit in their diminishment." Modern history isn't my thi...
  • Daniel
    Mar 12, 2019
    I'm going to talk about this book to everyone until they tell me to shut up. Brilliant, totally fucking brilliant. The research that's gone into this piece of work is extraordinary. ...
  • Ellen
    Apr 09, 2019
    Amidst the destitution, disease and drink you could be forgiven for wondering how any woman could survive 1800s England ? Jack the Ripper or not. Rubenhold has scavenged the archives to give us the gift of five lives, told gently and completely as recompense for the way their stories...
  • Elizabeth
    Mar 23, 2019
    Title : The Five Author : Hallie Rubenhold Genre: History ( true crime ) Pages:336 April 9 ,2019 Book synopsis 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, A...
  • Samantha Shannon
    Feb 13, 2019
    I've been waiting for someone to write this book for years. ...
  • Jo
    Apr 04, 2019
    I think this book is absolutely wonderful. It was everything I expected and more. I honestly had tremendous difficulty putting it down! It is very clear that Rubenhold has done her research for this book, and she masterfully keeps a fine balance between telling the story of each of the...
  • angharad mair
    Apr 09, 2019
    [ 4.5 ??s ] words truly cannot explain how incredible it is to see someone write a true crime book focused only on the victims. i understand that killers are interesting and the psychology behind them are fascinating but i really do believe that most people tend to forget th...
  • Bill Lynas
    Mar 14, 2019
    I've probably read far too many books on Jack The Ripper in my lifetime, but Hallie Rubenhold's book sounded intriguing. Instead of covering the actual murders she puts together an excellent narrative covering the lives of the five victims, as well as opening reader's eyes to the socia...
  • Colin Garrow
    Apr 11, 2019
    Famous for nothing more than being victims of Jack the Ripper, the reputations of five women have for years been tarnished by claims that they were simply prostitutes, sex workers who led selfish, pointless lives. But in truth, their stories have never been told. Now, Hallie Rubenhold ...
  • The Book Review Café
    Mar 18, 2019
    Review to follow ...
  • Clare Snow
    Apr 10, 2019
    "Society was designed to ensure that a woman without a man was superfluous." ...
  • Jess
    Apr 07, 2019
    **I received an advanced reader?s copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Rubenhold writes a beautifully moving narrative nonfiction about Jack the Ripper?s five victims. As she states in her introduction, these women were mothers and daughte...
  • Alison
    Mar 10, 2019
    This book was phenomenal. It was so cleverly written, thoroughly researched, and interesting! Wow. Just wow! Rubenhold has done an incredible job of taking the scant information surrounding these girls and turned them into real people rather than just stories. Real women facing real ha...
  • Paul
    Mar 12, 2019
    I was looking forward to reading this book and whilst there was much to like about it I felt that there was too many assumptions made. Here are three examples: 'it is likely that a 22 year-old servant called Annie Chapman was among them' . 'It is possible that she and George met somewh...
  • Michelle Birkby
    Mar 01, 2019
    A fascinating insight until the lives of the women Jack murdered - they aren't just victims or even fallen women - they were women with lives and dreams and flaws and family - absolutely heart breaking at moments ...