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Hallie Rubenhold: The Five

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

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The Five is the first full-length biography to explore and contextualise the lives of the five victims of Jack the Ripper. Offering new insights and drawing on previously unseen or unpublished material, its focus is entirely on the women and not on their murderer. A general lack of understanding of how poor, working class women lived in the Victorian era — or how ‘respectable society’ perceived them — has helped establish the view that Jack the Ripper’s victims were ‘just prostitutes’. But historian Hallie Rubenhold’s groundbreaking research proposes that virtually everything we’ve ever come to assume about these five women is largely untrue. As an investigation into these women’s experiences, The Five traces the surprising triumphs and heart-breaking difficulties they encountered throughout their lives. In hearing their stories it is impossible for us to ever again see them as something other than daughters, wives, sisters, lovers and mothers, or remember them simply as nameless, faceless victims.

We are delighted to welcome Hallie Rubenhold to Writeidea. Her talk will be chaired by Diane Atkinson, author of Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes.

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