Hallie Rubenhold

Books by Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is an American-born British historian and author. She is an expert in 18th and 19th century social history and women’s history.

The Five, Rubenhold’s group biography of the Jack the Ripper victims, won the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction. “This is a deeply, deeply moving book built from very scant historical evidence. One of the reasons she wrote this was, these are women without voices; these are women who historical record obscures. What she’s done—through very, very good research, it strikes me—is fleshed out their stories by finding little bits of details about their lives, the lives of their families, their parents, their parents’ parents. She creates a narrative where you see people nearly escaping the fate of horrible poverty, but not quite.” Stig Abell, chair of the judging panel.

Interviews where books by Hallie Rubenhold were recommended

The Best History Books: the 2020 Wolfson Prize shortlist, recommended by Richard Evans

If you’re looking for the best history books published this past year, the annual Wolfson History Prize is a great place to start. Each year, the judges pick out outstanding books that are both originally researched and readable. Historian and Wolfson judge Richard Evans talks us through the six history books that made the 2020 shortlist.

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