THE Sunday Times BESTSELLER
'An angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. Powerful and shaming'
'GRIPPING' New York Times
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.
Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.
Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.
'At last, the Ripper's victims get a voice... An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth.' Mail on Sunday
'Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears, of pity and of rage.'
LUCY WORSLEY, author of bestselling Jane Austen at Home
'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 bestselling All that Remains
'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
'What a brilliant and necessary book'
JO BAKER, author of Sunday Times bestselling Longbourn