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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper Hardcover – 28 February 2019

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FIVE STARS: At last, the Ripper's victims get a voice... An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth. -- Gwen Smith, Mail on Sunday

How fitting that in the year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, dignity is finally returned to these unfortunate women., Professor Dame Sue Black, author of ALL THAT REMAINS

A Ripper narrative that gives voice to the women he silenced; I’ve been waiting for this book for years. Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart., Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID

What a brilliant and necessary book, Jo Baker, author of LONGBOURN

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

Forests have been felled in the interests of unmasking the murderer, but until now no one has bothered to discover the identity of his victims. The Five is thus an angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. . . This is a powerful and a shaming book, but most shameful of all is that it took 130 years to write. -- Frances Wilson, Guardian

By collating these five deeply affecting biographies ... Rubenhold has given these women the immortality that their murderer does not deserve., Daily Mail

Stupendous. The sort of work that keeps history vital., IMOGEN HERMES GOWAR, author of THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK

Fascinating, compelling, moving, The Five makes a fierce, passionate argument about the ethics of how we engage with murder. A brilliant,properly thoughtful, responsible piece of political writing., BRIDGET COLLINS, author of THE BINDING

‘Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly deserve to be thought of as more than eviscerated bodies on an East London street. This haunting book does something to redress that balance., Sunday Times

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly well researched book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful book, that blends true crime and one that’s rich in historical detail
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Take On A Legendary Event
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts
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3.0 out of 5 stars Falls into the "must have" trap
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inevitability and monotony
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changes perceptions about these women
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric with a really refreshing angle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Whitechapel myth debunked, or another created?
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