The Five

Hallie Rubenhold


We send all orders via Royal Mail: within the UK, choose from 1st Class, 2nd Class or Special Delivery; for the rest of the world, International Standard or International Tracked. Delivery and packaging charges are calculated automatically at the checkout.

To collect orders in person from the Bookshop, choose Click and Collect at the checkout.

Transworld Publishers Ltd
6 February 2020
ISBN: 9781784162344
432 pages

From the publisher


'An angry and important work of historical detection, calling time on the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth. Powerful and shaming.' GUARDIAN

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.

'Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears, of pity and of rage.' LUCY WORSLEY
'Fascinating, compelling, moving.' - BRIDGET COLLINS, author of THE BINDING
Awards for The Five include:
- Winner of the BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE for Non-fiction 2019
- HAY FESTIVAL Book of the Year 2019
- Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for History 2019


'Gripping' New York Times

'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

'Dignity is finally returned to these unfortunate women.' PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK


'What a brilliant and necessary book' JO BAKER, author of Longbourn

'Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.' ERIN KELLY

'An outstanding work of history-from-below ... magnificent'

'Deeply researched' THE NEW YORKER