The Cry from Street to Street by Hilary Bailey
Hilary Bailey’s novel The Cry from Street to Street focuses on the dreadful events in Whitechapel in 1888, when the notorious murderer known as Jack The Ripper brutally killed a number of women and instilled fear and panic into the East End community.
A huge industry has grown up around this gruesome episode, much of it until recently focusing on the identity of the perpetrator, which has never been established, and the details of his crimes. In these, some would claim more enlightened times, the balance is being redressed. In fiction and in non-fiction, the five victims who are reckoned to be definitely his victims are named: Mary Ann ‘Polly’, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane. Their lives and backgrounds are explored. They are humanised.