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.
"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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By Mark on 04-11-15
Anti Victorian Diatribe
I loved this book.
It is not a typical forensic true crime work, Bruce Robinson declares his agenda against the Victorian establishment from the first sentence and never lets up. This is both a strength and a weakness, it makes for some entertaining prose but at times it does feel like he is labouring the point.
Has he found the Ripper? Possibly. He has clearly unearthed many correlations that would be difficult to explain away as mere coincidence, but at times I would have liked more cold scientific analysis of his extensive research. Although as the author himself has stated, this will be the job of another writer.
If, like me, you have a casual interest the case (i.e. read a couple of books, seen a few films and documentaries) then you will enjoy this book and find out things about the murders, and the general history of the time that you did not know. If you are one of the "Ripperologists" that Robinson derides, then you will probably pull it apart and spend the whole 30 hours annoyed at his certainty.
One warning: if swearing and the use of the "F" and "C" words offend you, then stay away!
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By Dave stokes on 13-11-15
A stunning work
I've always been a fan of Bruce Robinson and of the Ripper mystery. This book is one of the most compelling, disgusting, rewarding, horrifying, frightening and enjoyable books I've ever read. A triumph of research and argument it is totally convincing in its thrust at solving this who done it if who done it's!!! 10/10 every time...I loved it!!!
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