A talk followed by a Q&A and signing
The Five, social historian Hallie Rubenhold’s newly published book tells the stories of the victims of the murder spree of Jack the Ripper, the most sensational crime of the Victorian Age. Offering new insights and drawing on previously unseen or unpublished material, it’s focus is entirely on the women and not their murderer. This book promises to completely change the narrative of the Ripper Murders. As an investigation into the women’s experiences it traces the surprising triumphs and heart-breaking difficulties they encountered throughout their lives. The Five has been optioned for a drama series by Main Street Pictures. Hallie will talk about the five women’s lives and their untimely and tragic deaths.
This event is suitable for adults.
Hallie Rubenhold is a critically acclaimed author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in British History and History of Art from the University of Leeds before pursuing a PhD on the subject of marriage and child-rearing in the eighteenth century.
In 2005, she published The Covent Garden Ladies, about the true story of the Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies which captured the public’s imagination. Hallie’s work has been the subject of several art exhibitions and three television programmes, including the hit drama series, Harlots (ITV Encore and Hulu) and the BBC 4 documentary The Harlot’s Handbook which Hallie presented. Her equally celebrated second book, Lady Worsley’s Whim about the 18th century’s most infamous adultery trial became a BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week and and Hallie has also published two historical novels Mistress of My Fate and The French Lesson.
Hallie regularly appears on TV as an expert contributor to documentaries. She also acts as a historical consultant on period dramas including City of Vice, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and on the adaptation of her own book as The Scandalous Lady W. She is currently developing a drama series with Wall to Wall Television about indentured servants in pre-revolutionary America.
“Devastatingly good. The Five will leave you in tears, of pity and of rage.”
–Lucy Worsley, BBC presenter, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, and author
“At last, the Ripper’s victims get a voice…An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth.”
–The Mail on Sunday
“[A] must for Ripperologists.”–Publishers Weekly *starred* review
“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, best-selling author of He Said/She Said
This is a LoveLit event arranged in partnership between Arts Derbyshire and Derbyshire Libraries.
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