Hay Festival Book of the Year 2019
After hundreds had their say, we're delighted to reveal our Hay Festival Book of the Year 2019.
In The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, historian Hallie Rubenhold offers the devastating narratives of the five women killed by Jack the Ripper in 1888. An important work of historical detection, The Five see Rubenhold unravel the misogyny that has fed the Ripper myth.
A social historian and authority on women's lives of the past, Rubenhold has worked as a curator for the National Portrait Gallery and as a lecturer. Her books include Lady Worsley's Whim, dramatized by the BBC as The Scandalous Lady W, and Covent Garden Ladies: The Extraordinary Story of Harris's List, which inspired the ITV series Harlots.
"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