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 twelve 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.
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Praise for WITHNAIL AND I
3rd Greatest Comedy Film of All Time, Total Film
13th Greatest British Film of All Time, Total Film
38th Greatest Film, Channel 4 Poll
2nd best British film of the last 25 years, Observer
118 on Empire’s 500 Greatest Films of all Time
'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 OutAbout the Author:
Bruce Robinson is the director and screenwriter of Withnail and I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Jennifer 8 and The Rum Diary. He has also written the screenplays for The Killing Fields, Shadow Makers (released in the US as Fat Man and Little Boy), Return to Paradise and In Dreams. He is the author of The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman and Paranoia in the Launderette, and of two books for children, The Obvious Elephant and Harold and the Duck, both illustrated by Sophie Windham.
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