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Title: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: nellie d on Thursday 15 October 20 10:17 BST (UK)
I just had to share this excellent book with you all.
Itís called The Five and is written by Hallie Rubenhold.
It is a nonfiction account of the lives of the five main Ripper victims.
But it doesnít look at it from the perspective of their murders, but as women in late 19th Century London.
It covers childbirth, employment, housing, health, marriage, workhouses, etc.
For anyone interested in how their working class  ancestors lived, I cannot recommend thus book highly enough.
If you are a member of your local library, you should be able to access ebook and audiobooks online, through Bolinda Digital and BorrowBox. It is currently available on there in both formats!
My great grandmother lived in Peabody Buildings in Southwark and was later admitted to Walworth Workhouse and on to the Hanwell Schools. This book bought to life, just what it might gave been like, and in so doing, it lead me to think of further clues towards their situation and where they ended up where they did.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five:_The_Untold_Lives_of_the_Women_Killed_by_Jack_the_Ripper
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: locksmith on Thursday 15 October 20 19:17 BST (UK)
Nellie d,

Bit of a typo with the author it shold be Rubenhold.

Found it on BorrowBox, thanks for the info. Most of my mother's side of the family were from the worst slums around Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Islington throughout the 19th century so I will find this very interesting.

Simon
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: nellie d on Friday 16 October 20 00:26 BST (UK)
Thank you locksmith.
I will edit it
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: Annie65115 on Friday 16 October 20 13:37 BST (UK)
I meant to read this book but haven't yet. It had really good reviews when it was released, and I read an interview with the author and some very potted summaries of what she wrote. It does indeed fascinating. Of course, penniless women had to keep themselves and their children fed by whatever means they could, it's always been the same throughout ages and cultures.
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: Romilly on Friday 16 October 20 13:49 BST (UK)

Thanks for the recommendation Nellie d.

Iíve reserved this on BorrowBox now, - looking forward to reading it.

Romilly.
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: Familysearch on Friday 16 October 20 15:43 BST (UK)
I have also reserved it on Borrowbox. Should be available December for me.

That's my learning for today!  Getting eBooks from the library has been on my list for a while, so today I found out how to do it! (And did!)

So, thanks for the recommendation, and spurring me on to doing something about it!

FS
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: Romilly on Friday 16 October 20 16:14 BST (UK)

BorrowBox is great, - ideal for reading books during a pandemic!

In my experience Familysearch, reservations on there usually become available long before the date they initially specify.

Romilly.
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: Familysearch on Friday 16 October 20 17:54 BST (UK)
Thanks for that - presumably I get an email when it is available?

FS
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: Romilly on Friday 16 October 20 18:03 BST (UK)

Yes, definitely.

I canít see a limit on how many books you can borrow at a time, Iíve got 9 loans at the moment.

Romilly.
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: Familysearch on Friday 16 October 20 18:56 BST (UK)
I am limited to 4 ebooks and 4 audio books.  The reserved book has been deducted from my allowance - showing 3 available.

Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: Romilly on Friday 16 October 20 19:27 BST (UK)
Just checked, - there doesnít seem to be a limit on mine.

Iíve got 9 loans and 3 reserves.

Romilly.
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: steve100 on Friday 16 October 20 19:35 BST (UK)
I actually put this in my shopping trolley at Tescoís with The Volunteer, and then changed it to The Real Peaky Blinders, instead. Will get it next week.
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: River Tyne Lass on Friday 16 October 20 19:44 BST (UK)
https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=808226.msg6675423#msg6675423

Thank you for this Nellie - I am always on the look out for a good title.  My library appears to have this in and it is rated 5 out of five stars by a number of other library members so looks promising!

Perhaps it might be a good idea to review this on the Totally Off Topic board on the thread 'Volume 15 of the Good Read Thread (just in case someone misses this thread) - hopefully I have attached the right link above.

Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: bodger on Saturday 17 October 20 08:12 BST (UK)
Another excellent read ;-  https://books.google.ie/books?id=xLPCDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=working+class+england+engels&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiP-uOCibvsAhWTqHEKHStnAWIQ6AEwCXoECAUQAg#v=onepage&q=working%20class%20england%20engels&f=false
Title: Re: The working class in late 19th Century London
Post by: magnacarta on Saturday 17 October 20 16:04 BST (UK)
An excellent read,it has an interesting theory of why those particular women were murdered.