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...
|Title||:||The Five: The Lives of Jack the Ripper's Women|
|ISBN||:||The Five |
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Sarah You could probably tailor some "standard" book club questions to the genre and style of the book and add some specific to the subject matter of the bo…moreYou could probably tailor some "standard" book club questions to the genre and style of the book and add some specific to the subject matter of the book and its reception.
What did you enjoy the most/least about this book?
What did you find the most surprising?
Which of the five victims' stories did you find the most intriguing or resonating? Why? Have you previously read any other books about the crimes of Jack the Ripper? How did this book vary?
Do you feel a basic knowledge of the Ripper crimes is necessary to get the most out of this book? Why or why not? Did this book change your perspective on the crimes of Jack the Ripper? If so, how?
What do you think about the author's research for this book? Did you feel the sources the author used were credible and well-balanced?
How do you think female victims of violent crime are represented in the media?
How are they perceived by members of the public and the justice system?
Do you think this has changed significantly since the late 19th century? If so, how and why?
Why has the mainstream Ripper "narrative" assumed that all five victims were prostitutes and why is this relevant?
The author has received substantial criticism from "Ripperologists" since this book was published, principally because of her suggestion that three of the five victims were not at the time of their deaths, and never were, prostitutes (see: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...). Why do you think the book has prompted this reaction from some quarters? Do you think it is justified?(less)
Did anyone else see the typo in Elizabeth's chapter? I don't know if I missed something and I'm being a total idiot, but her name is spelled one way for half the chapter and another way for the second half, and I looked back to see whether it was because she might have changed it when she moved to London but there's no mention of it... it just changes spelling within a couple of sentences...
Shanna Yes, it did change. She was born with the spelling Elisabeth in Sweden. She changed it to Elizabeth when she moved to London per her English records. …moreYes, it did change. She was born with the spelling Elisabeth in Sweden. She changed it to Elizabeth when she moved to London per her English records. It says this on the bottom of page 159.(less)
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|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages pages|