Search

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

ISBN: 9781784162344
€12.95
'THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER- Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London - the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. 'Powerful and shaming' Guardian
Availability: In Stock
+ -
52 Points

WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 2019
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'An angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. Powerful and shaming' GUARDIAN

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 estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.

Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.

Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.

WINNER OF THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS FOR HISTORY 2019


PRAISE FOR THE FIVE

'Gripping' New York Times

'At last, the Ripper's victims get a voice... An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth.' MAIL ON SUNDAY

'Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears, of pity and of rage.' LUCY WORSLEY

'Dignity is finally returned to these unfortunate women.' PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK

'Haunting' SUNDAY TIMES

'What a brilliant and necessary book' JO BAKER, author of Longbourn

'Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.' ERIN KELLY

'An outstanding work of history-from-below ... magnificent' THE SPECTATOR

'Deeply researched' THE NEW YORKER


AWARDS FOR THE FIVE
- Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction 2019
- Hay Festival Book of the Year 2019
- Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction
- Shortlisted for the Historical Writers' Association Non-Fiction Crown Award
- A New York Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, GQ, Washington Post, Oprah Winfrey Magazine and Independent Summer read/History Book of the Year
- Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for History 2019

Write your own review Close Review Form
  • Only registered users can write reviews
*
*
Bad
Excellent
Description

WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 2019
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'An angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. Powerful and shaming' GUARDIAN

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 estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.

Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.

Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.

WINNER OF THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS FOR HISTORY 2019


PRAISE FOR THE FIVE

'Gripping' New York Times

'At last, the Ripper's victims get a voice... An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth.' MAIL ON SUNDAY

'Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears, of pity and of rage.' LUCY WORSLEY

'Dignity is finally returned to these unfortunate women.' PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK

'Haunting' SUNDAY TIMES

'What a brilliant and necessary book' JO BAKER, author of Longbourn

'Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.' ERIN KELLY

'An outstanding work of history-from-below ... magnificent' THE SPECTATOR

'Deeply researched' THE NEW YORKER


AWARDS FOR THE FIVE
- Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction 2019
- Hay Festival Book of the Year 2019
- Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction
- Shortlisted for the Historical Writers' Association Non-Fiction Crown Award
- A New York Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, GQ, Washington Post, Oprah Winfrey Magazine and Independent Summer read/History Book of the Year
- Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for History 2019

Customers who bought this item also bought

King leopold's Ghost

Availability: In Stock
A riveting and highly readable account of the Congo massacre, peopled by callous monarchs, corrupt adventurers and a handful of genuine heroes.
€14.85

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Availability: In Stock
A Dubray Staff Recommended Read.
€12.95

Hidden Valley Road

Availability: In Stock
The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.
€17.99 €20.30

On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons

Availability: In Stock
DUBRAY STAFF RECOMMENDED READ. Uncovering the mystery of her mother's disappearance as a child: Laura Cumming, prize-winning author and art critic, takes a closer look at her family story.
€11.99 €12.95