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9781784162344

Publication date
30th January 2020

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The Five

Author Hallie Rubenhold

£9.99

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A stunning book that sparks life back into women who are famous only as corpses.
Rubenhold recreates five fascinating lives and shows how, while the Ripper may have held the knife, his victims were truly killed by tragedy, domestic abuse, poverty, alcoholism, and the judgements of Victorian society.

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.

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