The 4th Estate Podcast: 4 Books – Bruce Robinson

Podcast‘This book is a repudiation of everything ripperology has ever written’

Bruce Robinson’s new book, They All Love Jack: Busting The Ripper is out now, published by 4th Estate Books. 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?

They All Love Jacket PackshotWe wanted to meet Bruce and find out more about his obsession with that shady Victorian apparition, and delve into the literary inspiration for his inimitably scabrous prose.

This interview took the form of a brand new podcast feature from 4th Estate: 4 Books.

In 4 Books, we ask an author to answer 4 questions on the books that made them — on those books that made a significant impact at distinct junctures of their lives. It might be the book that guided them through a break up, the one that they press urgently into a friends’ hand, the book that best articulates love, or the book that opened up the world in a startling new way. Reading has a unique power to universalise the most private of experiences, and the books we turn to can reveal more about ourselves than we think. In 4 Books, we use literature to glimpse the inner life of our authors.

They All Love Jack is out now.

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