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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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'Rarely has a book on Jack the Ripper been written with such visceral anger: anger at Jack, at "Ripperology", at the establishment, and anger at the police cover-up that allowed one of the world's most infamous serial killers to remain free ... One has to admire Robinson's chutzpah. Most academic historians would break into a cold sweat at the very idea of publishing such an outrageous claim. But his research is undoubtedly impressive and has taken some 15 years ... A bloody good read' Guardian

'Robinson's achievement isn't in revealing the Ripper but in writing the most involving, audacious and wonderfully bonkers book of the year' Irish Times

'A strange, mind-boggling mixture ... Anyone coming blind to the book might think it a collaboration between Dr David Starkey and Johnny Rotten' Mail on Sunday

'Over the years, the figure of the Ripper has become commodified: a cartoon-like Victorian cheeky chappy who kills with a twinkle in his eye. Robinson reclaims the identity and humanity of the victims, and ensures that nobody who reads this remarkable book will ever forget the true circumstances of these crimes. Whether the Ripper was or was not Michael Maybrick, They All Love Jack performs a most valuable moral service' Daily Telegraph

'Robinson emerges with his conspiracy - and how he runs with it, with glee, with humour, with disgust and with a weight of research his own. Nobody has written this well on Jack the Ripper before' Gavin Corbett, Irish Times

'A painstaking yet visceral account of Jack the Ripper's life, murders and legend that reads like a reaction from a recently aggrieved party rather than a work of history. Robinson's line is unswerving, amusing and potent' Monocle

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