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. ...
  • 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...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Aug 04, 2019
    fantastic and gorgeously detailed look at the lives of five women immortalized in infamous history. a compassionate pen focuses on their backgrounds, loves, families and unfathomable hardships rather than the man who extinguished their lives. ...
  • 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...
  • Karon Buxton
    Jun 06, 2019
    Wow I loved this book & if I hadn?t had to put it down to do chores & basically live I would have whipped through it in days . Without doubt it is the best non fiction book Iv read for a long long time ; a very sad social history but still so poignant in how poor women were t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Jun 08, 2019
    Ever since I was a kid -- like, 8-9 years old -- I've had an interest in Jack the Ripper. I get a bit bored by the theories about who he is and all of that. Maybe it's because I don't care since, well, it's likely never going to be solved at this point. I've been interested in his prof...
  • Samantha Shannon
    Feb 13, 2019
    I've been waiting for someone to write this book for years. ...
  • Kelly
    Jul 23, 2019
    I love anything to do with Jack the Ripper and this book has to be my favourite out of everything I have read so far. This book puts the whole killing spree into perspective as Hallie brings the victims to life, makes them people who lived and fought to survive. What I liked was he...
  • Jo (A follower of wizards)
    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. ...
  • January Gray
    Jun 08, 2019
    A unique look at the Jack The Ripper murders. The author really did her research! This book adds more heart, depth and history than others I have read about the Ripper. ...
  • 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...