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The Five
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper | Hallie Rubenhold
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, 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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Just got off reserve from the library

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Birdsong28
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Late birthday present from my dad.

Loving how they did the cover so you can see underneath as it doesn't quite fit , and if @LeahBergen hadn't pointed it out I would have thought it was a mishap with the cover. 😂📚📖

LeahBergen Right? 😆😆 2w
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LeahBergen
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I started this one last night and I‘m finding it exceptionally well done so far. 👍🏻

(And the publishers really outdid themselves with this edition; the “naked hardcover” under the jacket displays all the victims‘ names).

#CurrentlyReading

Mitch I saw a stage / operatic adaptation of this last month and it was excellent. 3w
Bookish_B I have this but haven't read it yet. My cover is different though. And I didn't think to take off the jacket and see what's under there. I wonder if mine is like that too? 3w
LeahBergen @Mitch Oh, I bet that was amazing! 3w
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LeahBergen @Bookish_B Did you check your cover? 3w
Bookish_B @LeahBergen I forgot! 🤦🏽‍♀️ I'll try to remember tonight! 3w
DebinHawaii This is definitely on my list! 👍 2w
Reviewsbylola Wow, I kind of love it! 2w
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RubyRed
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This is not just another book about Jack the Ripper. This focuses only on the five victims lives from their childhoods to circumstances that led to them living on the streets. #bookphotography ☀️

LauraBrook Great photo! I‘m glad you liked the book, it‘s on my TBR list for sure. 4w
Suet624 Great photo! 4w
Michellekidwell I added this one to my tbr list, it sounds fascinating 4w
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SarahMillerBooks
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My day was pretty bluh until about 20 minutes ago, when I picked up The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold. I predict that I will not be putting it down any time soon. 😱

LeahBergen Good to hear! I have this one waiting for me. 1mo
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BookishRedhead
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Different side of the story.
Get a look at what the women were like before their deaths.
Interesting biography

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DGRachel
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This book is breaking my heart. I‘m reading on my lunch hour, sobbing at my desk. 😭😭

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bookseller_cate
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An eye opening book about five women downtrodden by Victorian society, who have little in common but the place and time of their murders.

I especially liked Runbenhold‘s conclusion where she calls society to account for celebrating criminals rather than empathizing with and supporting victims.

wanderinglynn Cute reading buddy! ❤️🐱 1mo
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“Read to me, mommy?”

#catsoflitsy

TheLibrarian 😻 1mo
AmyG 💕 1mo
MallenNC What a pretty face! 1mo
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Slajaunie Aww! Beautiful Baby! ❤️ 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
Erofan Cutie 😻😻😻 1mo
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Aloisi_tribe
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I‘m about halfway through Bowlaway but I got this last night and HAD to start it today. Has anyone else picked this up yet?

bookseller_cate I‘m reading this right now, though more slowly that you, it seems. I‘m still on Polly‘s story. 😊📚 1mo
Librarybelle I loved it! I enjoyed her writing style and writing about each woman. 1mo
Aloisi_tribe @bookseller_cate I‘m also still on Polly‘s story. A nap this afternoon cut into my reading time. 😁 1mo
Aloisi_tribe @Librarybelle Her writing style is terrific! I may have to find her other books after I finish this one. 1mo
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DGRachel
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I have so much else that I should be reading, but this is what I (currently) WANT to read, so I‘m going to start it now. I know I‘m in the minority here, but this is one time that I prefer the US cover to the the UK cover. This is so much more atmospheric than the black and white broadsheet-style cover. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #currentlyreading

GingerAntics I really want to read this book, too. This is happening when I get paid. 1mo
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CoffeeK8
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My poor little girl got sick at school so now we‘re cuddling before nap time. Springtime sick is the worst 😷

mabell I hope she feels better soon! 1mo
DivineDiana Sending healing wishes to your little one. 💗 1mo
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Mitch
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The orchestra is tuning up - it‘s opera tonight! English National Opera at the Coliseum in a production that follows the lives not the deaths of The Rippers victims. Niche, I know! It‘s either going to be amazing...... or not! 🤣

Leftcoastzen I would definitely take a chance on that! 1mo
wanderinglynn Enjoy! 1mo
julesG Wow! Not only do I want to read the book, but I would also love to see/listen to the music. Also, @Weaponxgirl and @GingerAntics, we talked about this book just yesterday 1mo
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Weaponxgirl @julesG yup! I really want to read it! 1mo
Fridameetslucy Oooo. This sounds like something very special (or not) you might look up the new opera Quattro Corredos (if you look for the soprano Susan Noruki on you tube you can find it) 1mo
Mitch @Leftcoastzen @wanderinglynn @julesG @Fridameetslucy @Weaponxgirl Great production...set was amazing and story of women‘s lives great...not sure I‘m an opera lover though🧐 1mo
wanderinglynn Opera is a bit of an acquired taste. But glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
Fridameetslucy Glad you enjoyed the opera. The libretto for Sudan‘s opera are the words of trafficked women from Mexico. I like this trend to give voice to the otherwise voiceless 1mo
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My favorite book so far this year - it‘s a must read. Grab a copy! Rubenhold tells the story of each of Jack the Ripper‘s victims, something that has yet to be done. Spoiler: they weren‘t all prostitutes as various telling indicate. Plus, she spells out the social history of 1888. It‘s marvelous and spellbinding and heartbreaking. And, her conclusion is absolute perfection. A great example of narrative nonfiction. Thanks to #NetGalley for the ARC.

AnneFindsJoy Ooh sounds so interesting! Stacked it! 👍🤗📚❤️ 1mo
DivineDiana Ok! Stacked! 😉 1mo
Theaelizabet Really looking forward to this one! 1mo
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jillannjohn Sounds interesting! 1mo
Bakingbookworm I thought this book was so interesting. Imagine how much of women‘s history was ‘creatively rewritten‘ by men/media. 1mo
LoverofLit @sammisho This one sounds pretty interesting if we end up needing a good true time or non fiction 😊 1mo
sammisho Sounds really good @LoverofLit 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Awesome Litsy review as always, @Librarybelle 😊👏 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @DaveGreen7777 ! 😊 1mo
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Emory
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It's finally here!

nu-bibliophile Looks interesting 1mo
TheRomantiCate I‘m dying to read this one!! 1mo
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bookseller_cate
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I saw the post from @LeahBergen and immediately wanted to read this. I managed to get approved for an ARC on Edelweiss. Hope to read it quickly before the North American release on April 9th.

#catsoflitsy

LeahBergen I‘m hoping to get to it soon, too! 😄 1mo
DGRachel I preordered this through my local indie bookstore. I can‘t wait! 1mo
bookseller_cate Thanks for posting about it, @LeahBergen! Thanks for supporting indies, @DGRachel! 📚😊 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
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Librarybelle
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I have other books started, but I really want to read this before the official pub date in the US - April 9. I‘ll sneak a few pages in before work this morning....

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Meticulously researched biographies of the women murdered. Hallie shows how easy it was to slip into a life of drink, workhouses, doss houses and tramping the streets, dispelling the myth that these were all prostitutes. If you are looking for speculation about who he was or details of the murders, this book is not it, rather it is the life of women who are usually forgotten and judged for their lifestyles.

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#BookMail Pt8 I love this edition from Waterstones! It‘s a bit disconcerting at first,the “newspaper” dust jacket is smaller than the book itself. I thought they may have sent the wrong one initially,then I realised it‘s so you can see the names written all over it.This non fiction looks at the lives of the “canonical five”. Most books are written about their killer, the author thought it was high time his victims were remembered instead.I agree👍

Smrloomis Thanks for posting this! I‘ve never been much interested in Jack the Ripper books, but a book about his victims sounds good to me. 2mo
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4.5 STARS - An engaging, well-researched and unflinching look at the lives of the five female victims of the infamous murderer. I found this to be quite eye-opening and (it feels odd to day) enjoyable read that opened my eyes to daily life for women in the 19th century. Look for it April 9/19.
My review: http://bit.ly/2UOMvEs

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Emory
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After Book Depository sent me the wrong book, said they'd send the correct one, then cancelled the order completely, I've finally caved and ordered this from Amazon's UK site.... the things I'll do for a pretty cover.

Reviewsbylola Wow, BD is usually much better than that! Disappointing. 2mo
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LeahBergen
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Book mail!

I‘ve been really looking forward to this one (and think the UK cover is SO much better than the US cover 😬).

Booksnchill Nice one! 2mo
Readergrrl Have you seen the news report that came out today regarding DNA evidence that may tell who the Ripper was? Wow!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Thanks for reminding me about this one-in my brain then out of my ear if I don‘t write it down 2mo
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JackOBotts Very cool cover! 2mo
LokiDokey Another book added to my TBR pile 😁 2mo
Hooked_on_books I agree about the cover, but I often like the U.K. covers better. Yet I live in the US. Hmmm… 2mo
batsy Thank you for adding to my TBR! 😆❤️ This cover is very cool; much better than the other one indeed. 2mo
Weaponxgirl I saw this in Waterstones the other week and I really want to read it! 2mo
BiblioLitten So cool! 2mo
DebinHawaii This one sounds really good and I do love that cover! 😍 2mo
bookseller_cate Just requested a copy on Edelweiss. Thanks for posting about it. 😊📚 2mo
Reviewsbylola I tried to find this when I was in England but had no luck. Let me know if it‘s good! 2mo
Lauraandherbooks I am looking for this book!!! Where can I find it? 2mo
LeahBergen @Lauraandherbooks Are you in the US? It‘s being released there in April. I ordered my copy from Book Depository. 😃 2mo
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