'The Diary of Jack the Ripper’ was first published a quarter of a century ago. I was living and working in Camberley at the time, and I can vividly recall reading it during my lunch breaks and on a mini walking holiday in the Kentish weald. For twenty-five years the origin of the Diary has been hotly disputed ‒ old hoax, new hoax, or genuine article?
Robert Smith, the owner of the Diary, has just published a fabulous new book on the subject. As well as an assessment of the Diary, it provides new information on its history and provenance, and contains a stylish full-size colour facsimile.
The limited edition of 500 copies has already sold out, I believe. I was pleased to compile the index for it, my own very small contribution to the tumultuous history of the Diary of Jack the Ripper.
David A. Green is a freelance indexer living in Petersfield, Hampshire.
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