The Five by Hallie Rubenhold audiobook

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

By Hallie Rubenhold
Read by Louise Brealey

Highbridge Audio 9781328663818
10.33 Hours Unabridged
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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 estates; they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, but it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time—but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction

The 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Winner in History & Biography

A Spectator (UK) Pick of Book of the Year

An Oprah Magazine Pick of Best True Crime Books

A New York Times Book Review Pick of the Summer's Best True Crime Books

A Washington Post Pick of 20 Books to Read This Season

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 estates; they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, but it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time—but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rubenhold has produced a significant study of how poor and working-class women subsisted in an unforgiving age.” New York Times Book Review
“An angry and important work of historical detection.” The Guardian (London)
"[A] riveting work, both compassionate group portrait and stinging social history.” Washington Post
“An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth.” Mail on Sunday (London)
“Jack the Ripper continues to be a mystery, but these women are now less so.”- Bust magazine

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Author

Author Bio: Hallie Rubenhold

Author Bio: Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is a historian and broadcaster and an authority on British eighteenth-century social history. She has written two works of nonfiction to critical acclaim: The Convent Garden Ladies and Lady Worsley’s Whim.In addition to writing books, articles, and reviews, Hallie regularly appears on television in the United Kingdom as an expert contributor to documentaries. She lives in London with her husband.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 10.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English