A book like no other - the tale of a gripping quest to discover the identity of history's most notorious murderer and a literary high-wire act from the legendary writer and director of Withnail and I.
For over a hundred years, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been a source of unparalleled fascination and horror, spawning an army of obsessive theorists and endless volumes purporting finally to reveal the identity of the brutal murderer who terrorised Victorian England. But what if there was never really any mystery at all? What if the Ripper was always hiding in plain sight, deliberately leaving a trail of clues to his identity for anyone who cared to look while cynically mocking those who were supposedly attempting to bring him to justice?
In They All Love Jack, the award-winning film director and screenwriter Bruce Robinson exposes the cover-up that enabled one of history's most notorious serial killers to remain at large. More than 12 years in the writing, this is much more than a radical reinterpretation of the Jack the Ripper legend and an enthralling hunt for the killer.
A literary high-wire act reminiscent of Tom Wolfe or Hunter S. Thompson, it is an expressionistic journey through the cesspools of late-Victorian society, a phantasmagoria of highly placed villains, hypocrites and institutionalised corruption.
Polemic, forensic investigation, panoramic portrait of an age, underpinned by deep scholarship and delivered in Robinson's inimitably vivid and scabrous prose, They All Love Jack is an absolutely riveting and unique book, demolishing the theories of generations of self-appointed experts - the so-called 'Ripperologists' - to make clear, at last, who really did it, and more importantly, how he managed to get away with it for so long.
Praise for Withnail and I: "It is an outstandingly touching yet witheringly unsentimental drama of male friendship, a bleak up-ending of the English pastoral dream, a piece of ferocious verbal inventiveness - and, without question, one of the greatest of all British films." (Kevin Jackson)
"One of Britain's biggest cult films." (Jamie Russell, BBC.com)
Praise for The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman: "This book hums with particularity and vision.... Thomas Penman is the work of a genuine prose-writer - and a gifted one at that." (Observer)
"Robinson careers brilliantly through the illicit fascinations and sickening thrills of adolescence." (Select)
"This book is in a league-table of revulsion all its own." (Sunday Times)
Praise for Smoking in Bed: "Enthusiasts will relish his razor-sharp wit and comic timing." (Scotland on Sunday)
"Furious and lyrical." (Sunday Times)
"Robinson's conversation is a work of art." (Guardian)
"The recollections of Robinson are a treat." (Independent)
"The next best thing to a one-on-one." (Time Out)
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Excellent but delivery is tiresome
Superbly researched and a real eye opener about Victorian Britain
Fox's performance wore me down after a while. The pee'd off tone of voice in every single chapter is unnecessary. Try a little variety, especially in such a long book
- C. W. Thompson
A stunning work
- Dave stokes