The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (2019) // Hallie Rubenhold
EIFF Documentary Programme Consultant: Rohan Crickmar
"This is a brilliant – and very readable – work of social history, that brings into view, in all of their humanity, five women hitherto obscured by time and patriarchal priority. These are stories that take us to unexpected places (Sweden, Paris, Wolverhampton, middle-class Buckinghamshire), with each one serving to illuminate various different facets of Victorian life. It’s one of the most humane and vital books I’ve read, and one that sets out a clear agenda for how narrative history can be used to bring the dead vividly back to life."