Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five took this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, it was announced on Tuesday.
The author and historian bagged £50,000 for the book, which attempts to give a voice to the women murdered mysteriously in Victorian east London.
“These were ordinary people, like you and I, who happened to fall upon hard times,” said Rubenhold, reports BBC.
Rubenhold shifts the focus from the killer who terrorized London’s East End in 1888 — the subject of hundreds of books — to his victims.
The award recognizes English-language books in current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.