Top positive review
Famous Five Retold
Reviewed in Australia on 11 May 2020
I could not put this book down. It was recommended by the wonderful Dr Kat on YouTube. My Thesis at University touched on the edges of this subject so I was eager to read it.
I was not disappointed. At last a book which redresses the terrible imbalance in history of the “Ripper” crimes.
For some reason, I had never thought of the women involved as prostitutes, only destitute. Perhaps I had read between the lines even then, knowing that a paper only sells well with the most salacious of headlines.
If you are going to research the Whitechapel Murders, I suggest you START with this book, then move on to the others. Perhaps someone who starts with the innocent victims may see the crimes with new eyes.
Buy this book. It’s brilliant. It’s a glimpse into 1880s life of the poorest women in London, a London which was the centre of the British Empire, of vast wealth and wonder, prestige and power. And at its very tiny core, stinking, vile & rotten to the weakest of all.