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They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper Audiobook

They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Bruce Robinson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

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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    C I H Bath, United Kingdom 20/04/2016
    C I H Bath, United Kingdom 20/04/2016
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    "Frustratingly good"

    At times I felt exhausted the sheer weight of evidence builds and builds, an informative and extremely well presented tome, I guarantee you will never look at authority and the establishment in the same way after you have read this boo, Ha, ha.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dave stokes 13/11/2015
    Dave stokes 13/11/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "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!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. W. Thompson 09/01/2016
    C. W. Thompson 09/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent but delivery is tiresome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper to be better than the print version?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    Superbly researched and a real eye opener about Victorian Britain


    What didn’t you like about Bruce Robinson and Phil Fox ’s performance?

    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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josephine northchapel, United Kingdom 29/10/2015
    Josephine northchapel, United Kingdom 29/10/2015 Member Since 2011

    jotheboss

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    "Biting..well researched"

    I really liked this book. it's hard punching and authority's need investigations made...they can stink

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    andrew leicester, United Kingdom 18/10/2015
    andrew leicester, United Kingdom 18/10/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant detailed account of"

    This is an amazing piece of work. Absolutely gripping stuff. The story is much deeper and more shocking than we all believed....and we thought it was shocking to start with!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 04/11/2015
    Mark 04/11/2015 Member Since 2013

    If it doesn't send me to sleep it must be good.

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    "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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    T. P. Casey 13/04/2016
    T. P. Casey 13/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A Tour de Force!"

    Great writing that stitches together the obviously insane amount of research into a breathtaking narrative. The swearing, the wordplay, the emotional responses of the author ...
    Superbly performed by Phil Fox.
    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mr 16/01/2016
    mr 16/01/2016
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    "A real read!"

    Amazing on every level.
    Bruce does it again.
    Scrap all other Ripper yarns.
    This book is a must for anyone who enjoys great writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Hardman 09/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a Ripping Read"

    Loved this book, Bruce is irreverent and and rightly pissed. While there is undoubtedly considerable research that has gone into this book the style is fresh and engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jane 21/09/2016
    jane 21/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Laugh out loud!"

    I have always had a deep fascination with anything Jack the Ripper, so when I saw this book I felt sure it was something I had to read. I was put off to begin with due to the size of the book, so decided it was best tackled via audiobook. What a treat this has been, I thought the performance was brilliant and really added to my enjoyment of the book. I don't think Mr Robinson has left a stone unturned as far as Ripper material goes. If you are easily offended then this is maybe not for you, there is a lot of swearing, and I mean a lot! I found its use hilarious and it just added to the story, I know many may not agree. Robinson, in my opinion, provides a very convincing argument as to why he believes he has solved the Ripper case. And as we will never really know who Jack the Ripper truly was I think it is as good a theory as any other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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