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June 15

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

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Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College
Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS United Kingdom
June 15, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hallie Rubenhold – The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper


“Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears of pity and of rage.” Lucy Worsley

“A Ripper narrative that gives voice to the women he silenced; I’ve been waiting for this book for years. Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart.” Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID


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 in the press has become far more famous than the names of his victims. Now, in her devastating narrative of these five lives, historian Rubenhold finally sets the record straight. She gives these women back their stories in the first full-length biography ever to be written about them.


Hallie Rubenhold is a bestselling author, social historian and broadcaster. Two of her books, The Covent Garden Ladies and Lady Worlsey’s Whim, have inspired television dramas; Harlots (Hulu/Amazon) and The Scandalous Lady W (BBC2).


For Greenwich Book Festival, she will be talking to Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock.


Age: 16+


All attendees must have a valid ticket. The session will be followed by a book signing. The venue is QA063 (Council Room), Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, London.


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