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Author: Alex Werner
"This book accompanies the exhibition at the museum in Docklands…"
This book accompanies the exhibition at the museum in Docklands and is a series of essays about what life was like in the East end at the time of the Whitechapel murders (1888). Every time I mention I'm reading books on Jack the Ripper people tend to shudder but I find that it's a good book for social history. By reading the witness statements of the people involved, you get a clear idea of their lives and the poverty in which they lived. There's also an essay at the end which examines the way that the ripper has been mythologized in popular culture. There's also an introduction by Peter Ackroyd, so you can't really go wrong!