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...
  • Sara
    Sep 01, 2019
    The Five tells the stories of the five supposed victims of Jack the Ripper. Instead of the ?prostitues? often depicted in the media, Hallie Rubenhold weaves a tale of destitution, addiction and poverty amongst the streets of Whitechapel and beyond. Far from being ?fallen women?...
  • 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. ...
  • Christine
    Jun 12, 2019
    When this book first came out, I put it on the ?wait until paperback? list. Then the news about Rubenhold being trolled arrived. She was even compared to David Irving. Surely, I thought, this can not be simply because she is a woman and argues that not all the victim were prostitut...
  • 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...
  • Heather
    Aug 14, 2019
    Absolutely incredible. Gives such tactile impressions of what it was like to be a common woman in Victorian England. Transporting. Epic is detail and luminous in humanity. The last chapter is a list of the items the women had on them when their bodies were found. That alone had me in t...
  • Fiona MacDonald
    Jul 15, 2019
    I don't really know what to say about this book. It completely blew my mind. I am gobsmacked that there have been no other authors who have described the lives of 'the five' so realistically. The focus until now has really been on the killer himself and the poor women have never been g...
  • Geevee
    Aug 24, 2019
    Hallie Rubenhold's book is a triumph. A triumph that results in new information and insight into the victims of "Jack the Ripper". Ms Rubenhold's work is successful on a number of levels: her ability to research numerous sources to derive background and until now unknown informat...
  • Julie
    Aug 11, 2019
    The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold is a 2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication. "She had been brought into the world along the Street of Ink, and it is to there, riding on the column inches, its illuminated plates, its rumor a...
  • 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...
  • Ellen
    Sep 15, 2019
    The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. (hardback) by Hallie Rubenhold. This is a non-fiction book that after all these many years of misinformation the truth is being revealed. The author has done a superlative job in researching each victims lives prior ...
  • 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...
  • Matt
    Sep 08, 2019
    Hallie Rubenhold has come up with a fabulous piece of non-fiction with this book, examine one of England?s most notorious unsolved serial killing sprees. The Jack the Ripper murders rocked London (and the world) in 1888, though no one has ever been formally fingered as the killer. Wi...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    Aug 11, 2019
    I'm glad this book exists. I'm glad it spends next to no pagetime on Jack the Ripper himself, because he's had more than enough press over the years. I'm glad that someone is at least trying to put the victims at the front of the narrative, which is where they should have been to begin...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Samantha Shannon
    Feb 13, 2019
    I've been waiting for someone to write this book for years. ...
  • Jo (The Bookish pianist)
    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...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Jul 17, 2019
    OMG! This book ripped my heart out! I read it twice! The Five by Hallow Rubenhold is such a deep and moving account of the biography of the last five women killed by Jack the Ripper. It follows each women from birth of possible, on up to death. My heart just ached for each of them. ...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth George
    Jun 19, 2019
    This is the story of the five women who were murdered by Jack the Ripper in London in 1888. Long assumed to be common prostitutes, the women are in this non-fiction book examined through the lives they actually led prior to the night each of them had a fatal encounter with the killer. ...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    Aug 29, 2019
    Borrowed the audiobook on BorrowBox for approx 3/4 of the book, then switched to the e-book version! Haunting, moving, frustrating, those words sum up exactly what The Five did for me. A real true crime historical experience that I won't be forgetting in a hurry. Lots of us know abo...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...