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  • Fantastic

    A truly gripping account of the lives of these women. Strongly recommended for people interested in history that is not just of the wealthy and well known. I think though that this has a wide appeal and thus even if you are not a history fan, you will find it extremely engaging. Also, there is a large amount of well researched historical detail here and this means you get a well informed sense of what life was like for the poor in Victorian times. I couldn’t stop thinking about the homeless I see around me now, and the sheer difficulty of making it through each day, living from hand to mouth.

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  • Poor

    A really disappointing read. Heavy on theories & assumptions, light on evidence, inaccuracies abound. Things which suit the authors narrative are accepted without question while well known and accepted facts contrary to the narrative are dismissed without evidence or worse, simply ignored. This book is little more than cod conspiracy, not quite at the Cornwell level but not far off.

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  • The Five Hallie Rubenhold

    Gripping and absolutely compulsive reading. It is about five unfortunates who had fallen through the cracks of Victorian society. A definitive historically accurate discourse on the mores and double standards of Victorian Society. It is about the role of a woman in Victorian society as the touchstone of family life and the harsh reality of raising children and keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. Excellent brilliantly researced compelling and heartbreaking.

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  • Haunting insight to lost lives

    The Five by Hallie Rubenhold ⭐️4 As someone with a morbid fascination with all things Jack the Ripper I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to find out more about the lives and demise of the five infamous victims. Not much is known about these ladies....until now. This was a wonderful insight to not only their personal lives and loves but also the living conditions of the late 1800s and how people had to find a way of making ends barely meet or just to find a way to some sort of sustenance inside them to get them through the nights spent in doorways or under stairwells. These women were more than ‘just prostitutes’ and in most cases weren’t actually full time ladies of the night (and day) and they’d just found themselves in that situation at the wrong time. Alcohol played a huge part in these ladies lives as did lost love and bitter living. I’d recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in this part of our history and although some parts felt a bit like we were being told about her sisters next door neighbours cousins cat; it was an insightful and eye opening read. One which will stay with me forever

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