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The Five

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Jack the Ripper’s murder of five “prostitutes” on the streets of London’s East End has spawned thousands of books, TV programmes and vile walking tours of sites where the five women were mutilated. Their question is always the same: who might have been the murderer?

Hallie Rubenhold’s book is an astonishing piece of historical detective work that finally asks, after 130 years, “who were the women?” They were Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly.

You Are Always With Me: Letters To Mama

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Frida Kahlo was a prolific letter writer. At 16 she began writing letters to her mum, Matilde Calderon Kahlo. You Are Always With Me is a collection of some of these letters written by Frida, published for the first time in English.

The letters begin two years prior to Frida’s life-changing bus accident that left her bedridden for months at a time and in constant pain that she dulled with alcohol and pain killers.

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is an exciting new book for kids which is creating a stir. When I was a kid it was hard to find books with inspirational female characters for younger children. Michael Foreman’s All the King’s Horses was one of our favourites, as well as his retellings of classic fairy tales (both criminally out of print for years), but similar offerings were hard to come by.

Partisan Diary

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Ada Gobetti’s Partisan Diary is an expanded version of the contemporary diary she kept from the day the Germans entered Turin in September 1943 through to liberation. First published in 1956 with an introduction by Italo Calvino, this is the first English translation. Gobetti was not only an extremely brave woman, she was a thoughtful and characterful writer. Partisan Diary is easy, exciting, beautiful and at times chilling to read.

Eleanor Marx

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If you are looking for a book to take on holiday, then look no further. This is a book that is both politically important and enormous fun to read.

Rachel Holmes obviously adores Eleanor Marx, or Tussy as she was known. It is hard not to. As Holmes writes, “If Karl Marx was the theory, Eleanor Marx was the practice.”

She was the first female trade union leader, she co-founded the Socialist League (the precursor to the Labour Party), she was a pioneering feminist, and was the first to translate Flaubert’s classic Madame Bovary.

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