Author Jokha Alharthi being interviewed after winning the Man Booker International Prize on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

With Celestial Bodies, Omani author Jokha Alharthi becomes first Arabic-language writer to win Man Booker International Prize

  • Novel tells story of three sisters in Oman, and confronts country’s history of slavery
  • She will split US$64,000 purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth
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Author Jokha Alharthi being interviewed after winning the Man Booker International Prize on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
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An illustration of Mary Jane Kelly (circa 1888), one of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper. Illustration: Alamy

Jack the Ripper victims’ reputations largely restored in book about their lives, not their deaths

  • Historian Hallie Rubenhold traces the paths that led serial killer’s victims – poor, illiterate and sent to work as servants – to the slums of London’s East End
  • Theirs were lives where one false step meant destitution – and the workhouse or the streets; but only one was a prostitute, she writes; alcohol was their vice
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An illustration of Mary Jane Kelly (circa 1888), one of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper. Illustration: Alamy
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