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

  • Susan Liston
    May 09, 2019
    Pretty amazing piece of research. How the author discovered so much detail about women who would be completely forgotten were they not victims of a horrific murderer is impressive. (and yes, she does indulge in conjecture, which sometimes really bugs me, but here it didn't particularly...
  • Susan
    May 24, 2019
    This was a fascinating book, not only for the author's sifting fact from myth, but because of its vivid rendering of the underbelly of Victorian London ...
  • 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. ...
  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
    Apr 17, 2019
    The fact that I listened to this on audiobook in just six days says it all. I couldn?t ?put it down?, so to speak. It?s a powerful feminist corrective to the narrative of the victims of Jack the Ripper, which determinedly focuses on the five women?s lives rather than on their...
  • Karen
    Apr 16, 2019
    Wow! A wonderfully researched exploration of the women who were killed by Jack the Ripper. Rubenhold refuses to dismiss these five women as mere prostitutes and instead, takes the reader into the back alleys, workhouses, and orphanages to examine the struggles of women during the Victo...
  • 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...
  • Fiona
    May 18, 2019
    Whilst some may think otherwise, I don?t regard Hallie Rubenhold as a ?Ripperologist?. This book has ?Feminist? written all over it. This book really is an enormous accomplishment. It is an enraged and a long overdue work of incredible historical detection. Because this book ...
  • 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...
  • K.
    May 08, 2019
    Trigger warnings: murder, misogyny, alcohol abuse, mentions of domestic violence, mentions of sex slavery, 19th century attitudes to mental health, death of a child. I've been excited about this book from the moment I heard about it, and it didn't disappoint. Rubenhold has done a s...
  • 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...
  • Susan
    Apr 26, 2019
    Some time ago, I was incensed enough, after reading one of Patrician Cornwell?s obsessive rants about the Ripper, to comment in my review of her book: ?She has a rather naive view of Victorian London,(and) is quite insulting about the people who lived there (they may have been pove...
  • Ingrid
    Apr 20, 2019
    Interesting representation of the social history, especially of the lower classes, of the Victorian era based on the lives of the five Ripper victims. It is good that the lives of these ladies are explained and that they have been taken out of anonymity in this way. ...
  • 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 seems to be sol...
  • Marc
    May 27, 2019
    "The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper" by Hallie Rubenhold is excellent. It is not about Jack the Ripper and a retelling of the horrible acts he committed. Instead, it is about the lives of the women he murdered, misogyny, the harshness of the Victorian era...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Kate
    Apr 19, 2019
    This is a genuinely astonishing, mould-breaking, beautiful and humane book. Rubenhold excavates the lives of the five women through public records, newspaper reports (which she treats with justifiable scepticism) and the inquest reports that survive for two of them. She puts their live...
  • 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...
  • Jean
    Apr 23, 2019
    The Five . Who were they? Mary Ann ?Polly" Nichols. Annie Chapman. Elisabeth Stride. Catherine Eddowes. Mary Jane Kelly. Who were they? At the time of their deaths in 1888, they were labeled ?prostitutes,? although the majority were not. Rather, they were working-class women who...
  • 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...
  • Elen-Hâf
    Apr 29, 2019
    This was so good. It brought to light the suffering that these women had to go through. The fact that we remember the killer more than the victims, shows how little people thought of women in general. It's sad that these women are seen as "just prostitutes" rather then human beings. ...
  • Beata
    Apr 18, 2019
    This book is not about Jack the Ripper, it is about his five victims. Written to remember five women who are usually just names in hundreds of books about the infamous serial killer, this book is an attempt to tell their stories and to remind us that they were once babies, daughters, m...
  • The Book Review Café
    Mar 18, 2019
    I have read many true crime books over the years, and they have always focused on infamous killers with little thought given to the victims. I?m sure you can all think of a list of infamous killers, but can you remember any of the victims? names or their life stories? Probably not ...
  • 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...
  • littlemiss_emmxx
    May 19, 2019
    AMAZING book!!!! ...
  • 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...