Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, London
Our lunch guest this month is the historian Hallie Rubenhold, who will discuss her latest book, The Five: The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Doubleday). Despite 130 years of morbid curiosity about their murderer, little attention – and still less respect – has been accorded his victims, Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Kate Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. This first full-length biography of the five draws on previously unpublished material to trace the triumphs and difficulties these women encountered, and overturns much of the mythology surrounding their lives, including the belief that they were involved in prostitution.
Hallie Rubenhold is the author of three works of non-fiction and two novels. The Covent Garden Ladies (2005) explored the world of a notorious Georgian guide to London sex workers, and inspired the television drama Harlots (Hulu/Amazon). Lady Worsley’s Whim (2008), about an infamous 18th-century adultery trial, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and was subsequently adapted as a TV drama, The Scandalous Lady W on BBC2. Alongside writing, Hallie’s experience extends to presenting TV documentaries, advising on period dramas, teaching, lecturing and curatorial work.
The charge for the two-course lunch (starter, main course, coffee and chocolates) and a glass of club wine is £33 per person. To book, phone 020 7930 9871 or email email@example.com by Friday 4 October. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card.