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Jake Arnott - Author

About the Author

Jake Arnott was born in 1961, and lives in London. He is the author of the THE LONG FIRM, published by Sceptre in 1999 and subsequently made into an acclaimed BBC TV series. His second novel, HE KILLS COPPERS, was also made into a series by Channel 4. He has since published the novels TRUECRIME, JOHNNY COME HOME, THE DEVIL'S PAINTBRUSH and THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR.

Click here to read a Q&A with Jake Arnott.



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Featured books by Jake Arnott

The Fatal Tree

The Fatal Tree

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Powerful and expressive, this is an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720’s. Edgeworth Bess is in Newgate, as she tells her story via a third party, more than one person’s life is revealed in all its sordid, beautiful wonder. Jake Arnott has the ability to create a living, punchy, violent world, it feels real, it feels as though the events are taking place now. The language of the time is startling, at first I delved into the glossary at the back, in a very short time though, I didn't need to refer to it, I lived, breathed and felt the words. There are a number of real people at large here, their stories are, to be honest, quite gobsmacking, yet in this fictional setting, with this gloriously assured writing, they felt even more substantial and undeniably physical. ‘The Fatal Tree’ is a vibrantly striking tale, it is, quite simply, a cracking read and I highly recommend it. ~ Liz Robinson Click here to read a Q&A with Jake Arnott.

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The Long Firm

The Long Firm

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2006

This is a jaw-dropping absolute classic of a tale, stuffed full of brutal gangster goings-on, with a subtle heartbreaking undertone. Harry Starks sits centre stage, king of his empire, quick to anger, yet does a heart exist under the layers of violence? Five stories in one, each has a unique voice, from Harry’s kept lover Terry, through to failed starlet Ruby, creating a spiralling vortex of emotions, revealing the different sides to Harry. The language is as it would have been, searingly offensive, puffed up gangster, cutting, chilling, real. Real people turn up, including the Krays, and Judy Garland, ensuring an authentic edge. Each story feels as though it is a photo, snapped in the middle of action and each jabbed at my conciousness, made me feel, made me think. ‘The Long Firm’ hobnobs with lords, film stars, and boxers, as it slices its way through organised crime, creating an absolutely fascinating and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson Click here to read a Q&A with Jake Arnott. Sarah Broadhurst's view... 60’s low life – gangsters, sex, drugs, glamour, violence, wonderful characters and terrific pace.  Told by four people who each have a different slant on the gay gangland boss, Harry Starks, and topped and tailed by the man himself, this is highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Jake Arnott

Doctor Who - Zeitreisen 6: Der Moorkrieger

Doctor Who - Zeitreisen 6: Der Moorkrieger

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/03/2016

ZEITREISEN - Eine einzigartige Kurzgeschichtensammlung neuer Doctor-Who-Abenteuer von einigen der besten Autoren, die das uns bekannte Universum zu bieten hat!

Doctor Who - Zeitreisen 5: Eine Handvoll Sternenstaub

Doctor Who - Zeitreisen 5: Eine Handvoll Sternenstaub

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/02/2016

ZEITREISEN - Eine einzigartige Kurzgeschichtensammlung neuer Doctor-Who-Abenteuer von einigen der besten Autoren, die das uns bekannte Universum zu bieten hat!

Doctor Who: A Handful of Stardust (Time Trips)

Doctor Who: A Handful of Stardust (Time Trips)

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/04/2014

The TARDIS is diverted to England in 1572, and the Sixth Doctor and Peri meet John Dee mathematician, astrologer, alchemist, magician, and the greatest mind of our time . ( Only of your time? , the Doctor asks, unimpressed.) But what brought them here? When the Doctor discovers that Dee and his assistant have come across a great disturbance in the cosmos, in the constellation of Cassiopeia, he realizes that they are all in terrible danger.

The House of Rumour

The House of Rumour

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

A mind-bending, thrilling journey into 20th-century history and outer space - 'a brightly coloured portrait of our times that is alternatively intimate and epic . . . brilliant' (Independent on Sunday). In 1941, Larry Zagorski was a naive young writer of science-fiction. Seven decades on, he looks back on that crucial year and traces his place in a mysterious web - one that connects the Second World War with the Space Age, stretches from London to Cuba and Southern California, and links Ian Fleming with Rudolf Hess in a conspiracy that reverberates in the present. Could this be the secret history of the 20th century? In a mesmerising novel peopled by spies and propagandists, the conned and the heartbroken, dreamers and fanatics, the question is: who will you believe?

The Devil's Paintbrush

The Devil's Paintbrush

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

'A consummate performance...virtuoso' Guardian A fascinating, unusual and seductive historical novel by the bestselling author of The Long Firm. In a Parisian restaurant, Aleister Crowley, the notorious occultist, chances on Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald: once one of the greatest heroes of the British Empire, now facing ruin in a shocking scandal - and vulnerable to Crowley's curious offer of help. An extraordinary night of transgression and revelation ensues . . . Probing beneath the surface of Victorian conformity, this is an enthralling tale of imperialism, sexuality and the nature of belief, which captures a world on the brink of a brutal new era.

Johnny Come Home

Johnny Come Home

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2007

'Hypnotic, feverish and altogether wonderful' (Guardian) - the author of the bestselling Long Firm trilogy turns his eye on the anarchic 1970s. As the dreams of the 1960s give way to anger and political unrest in the '70s, the charismatic anarchist Declan O'Connell commits suicide, leaving his boyfriend Pearson and fellow squatter Nina to try to make sense of what has happened. Enter Sweet Thing, a streetwise rent boy, who has an uncanny hold over glam rock star Johnny Chrome; and in the wings lurks Detective Sergeant Walker of the newly formed Bomb Squad, who knows more about O'Connell than anyone ever suspected. The course of all their lives is about to change forever.

truecrime

truecrime

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2004

A blistering take on Cool Britannia and London's underbelly in the 1990s, the third novel in Jake Arnott's loose trilogy following The Long Firm and He Kills Coppers. It's 1995, and crime is the new cool. Actress Julie wants none of it as she comes to terms with her hidden criminal roots. But her public-school boyfriend is going all mockney and writing the script of his 'classic British gangster movie'. Meanwhile, 'Geezer' Gaz, wannabe villain, is losing control as he preys on the Essex rave scene. And sixties gang boss Harry Starks is back to haunt them all . . . New lads meet old lags, celebrity villains mix with media types and Cool Britannia is stripped bare in wickedly sardonic fashion. Welcome to Cruel Britannia.

He Kills Coppers

He Kills Coppers

Author: Jake Arnott Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2002

Jake Arnott's 'mesmerizing, brilliant' (New York Times Book Review) second novel, a literary thriller that delves into corruption on both sides of the law and at the heart of the state. During the long hot summer of 1966, a senseless murder shocks the nation and brings the World Cup euphoria to an abrupt end. Yet it marks a beginning for three men, who are inextricably linked to the crime and its consequences: an ambitious detective struggling with his conscience; a tabloid journalist with a nose for a nasty story; and a disaffected thief, haunted by his violent past. Spanning three decades of profound social change, this gripping novel explores corruption on both sides of the law and at the very heart of the state.