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I'm Jack by [Mark Blacklock]

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I'm Jack Kindle Edition

3.9 3.9 out of 5 stars 51 ratings

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A gripping study in self-invention - and, ultimately, self-erasure - Tom McCarthy

Here are dark telegrams from an expertly realised otherness that is Sunderland. Spare. Swift. Smart. And dangerous. Carrying us through maps of shame to rescue a convincing fiction of the past from its sullen entropy -
Iain Sinclair

The varied range and wit of his polyphonic chorus are reminiscent of Joe Orton's darkly subversive correspondence pranks... [An] intelligent [and] disturbing slice of noir - Catherine Taylor,

An audacious exercise in mimicry... Its tone is mischievous, with a vein of dark, crafty humour - though the overall effect is sombre. Blacklock's Humble is impossible to like; yet by the end it is almost impossible not to feel sorry for him - Austin Collings,
Financial Times

Less a novel and more an assault on the senses, I'm Jack cleverly uses inter-textual trickery and deft Mackem parlance to create a portrait of a man obsessed. It is a forensic montage, a frenzied confessional and a stark commentary on the effects of public notoriety. Moving, haunted and necessary - Benjamin Myers, author,
Pig Iron

Compelling, troubling, fascinating, a delight to read. It is a sublime anti-novel and a brilliantly original intervention into a most peculiar episode of recent history - James Miller, author,
Lost Boys

Absorbing and fascinating. Using multi-layered storytelling, a deep personal knowledge of Sunderland past, present and legend in a believable and hard-hitting blend of fact and imagination, it paints a genuinely disturbing vision of an obsessive, calculating and ultimately self-destructive personality - Bryan Talbot, author,
Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

A deftly executed ventriloquist act, it's anchored in the true story of notorious hoaxer John Humble... The book itself is just as slippery - Hephzibah Anderson,

[An] intriguing debut... There is an air of grubby menace throughout - Ben Myers,
New Statesman

The ageing Humble is a figure lost on the margins of society: alcoholic, in and out of gaol and lacking any real relationship... [Suggesting] that crime might be understood by looking at the particular social situations that contribute to it, Blacklock presents Humble as far from 'evil' but a melancholic echo of a wider deprivation - Jerome de Groot,
History Today --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

MARK BLACKLOCK has a doctorate in 4th Dimensionality, speaks third-class Japanese and was once a human cannonball. He lives in South London with his wife and three daughters. Mark's debut novel, I'M JACK, about the Yorkshire RIpper hoaxer, was published by Granta in June 2015, and is currently being made into a feature film. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00RPYDG8C
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Granta Books (June 4, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 4, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4026 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 221 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 3.9 out of 5 stars 51 ratings

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars The start is hard to follow, persevere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, obsessive but well-paced with touches of humour - a great holiday read
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5.0 out of 5 stars He may not be Jack but he's a very, very clever boy
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