With the library still closed I continue to read whatever books people throw at me. This week I’ve swapped my usual fiction for a true story: Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five. Its subtitle – The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper – tells one exactly what to expect: a story that has been told many times before and yet hasn’t. As Rubenhold rightly points out, the Ripper’s victims are often solely defined through their brief and fatal relation to their still unidentified killer. The Five aims to set this inaccuracy right and tell the untold stories of the victims’ lives rather than their deaths.
In the Darkroom: On Reading the Unexpected
“The truth is stranger than fiction” is a somewhat tired cliché. But in case of Susan Faludi’s book In the Darkroom it is the best possible description of its content.
Roman Forts, Churches and Ice Cream: An Early Summer Walk in Norfolk
What’s the point of walking? A meditation on an early summer walk across Norfolk from Roman fort to sea front.
Meeting Benevolent Ghosts: An Encounter through Vintage Postcards
The only thing that beats browsing book shops is browsing second hand book shops. Between the dust and decaying paper,… Read more Meeting Benevolent Ghosts: An Encounter through Vintage Postcards