Bruce Robinson introduced by A.N. Wilson


The iconoclastic writer and director of the revered classic Withnail & I returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history, and finally solves the identity of the killer known as ‘Jack the Ripper.’ In a literary high-wire act reminiscent of both Hunter S. Thompson and Errol Morris, Bruce Robinson offers a radical reinterpretation of Jack the Ripper, contending that he was not the madman of common legend but the vile manifestation of the Victorian Age’s moral bankruptcy. In exploring the case, Robinson goes beyond the who that has obsessed countless others and focuses on the why. He asserts that any ‘gentlemen’ that walked above the fetid gutters of London, the 19th century’s most depraved city, often harbored proclivities both violent and taboo—yearnings that went entirely unpunished, especially if he also bore royal connections. Dismissing the theories of previous Ripperologists, Robinson persuasively makes clear with his unique brilliance, The Ripper was far from a poor resident of Whitechapel . . . he was a way of life. Introduced by celebrated historian of the Victorians , A.N. Wilson.