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ISBN 978-1-909585-25-6
First published June 2017
Paperback; 144 pages; 180 x 120 mm
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Jack Robinson, author of Days and Nights in W12 (CBe), has also written as Jennie Walker (24 for 3, McKitterick Prize, Bloomsbury) and Charles Boyle (ex-Faber poet, short stories from Salt).

Jack Robinson  Robinson

‘Lit crit, film studies, political dismay, and autobiography all tangled in a tree house.’
     – Paul Griffiths

‘An engaging, fascinating and completely original take on the conjugation brexeo, brexis, brexit.’
     – Andy Croft

‘Few works of literature are as delicate, poignant, erudite, playful and profound as Jack Robinson’s Robinson.’
     – Neil Griffiths

‘Quirky and stylish, Robinson is [Jack Robinson]’s witty and indefinable response to Brexit. Readers are taken on an erudite journey through the many different versions of Robinson Crusoe since the original “father of all Crusoes” who “built a wall and fortified it with guns”.’
     – Martina Evans, The Irish Times Best Books of 2017

‘This is a very witty, quick-moving book. It has to be witty, because it is about the depressing, miserable condition of contemporary Britain. It has to be quick-moving, because it covers a lot of ground – vignettes, glimpses, quick recreations or summaries of many books, photographs, films ... It's a book about literature (and much else) but free of the encumbering formalities of academic writing.’
     – Christopher Palmer, author of Castaway Tales: From Robinson Crusoe to Life of Pi

Robinson Crusoe as ‘a kind of fountational myth ... Ayn Rand, self-dependence, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps ... about Robinson’s fear of strangers, his need to build a wall on the island ... A Brexit novel.’
     – John Williams on New York Times Book Review podcast, 5 October 2018

Seated at a café in some sunny street, watching the traffic slide by, the shoppers shopping, the joggers jogging, the beggars begging, the lovers loving, the bankers banking (but he can’t actually see this), the walkers walking at the regular bipedular pace, give or take, which from high above or through the eyes of a child in the back of a car can seem infinitely sinister, this is Robinson’s question: why are there not more crazy people running amok with machetes or second-hand Kalashnikovs?

The footprint discovered by Robinson Crusoe on the shore of his island is that of a migrant. Crusoe is ‘terrify’d to the last degree’. He builds a wall, and fortifies it with guns.

Written following the 2016 referendum in which the UK voted to quit the European Union, Robinson is in part a record of the disfiguring influence of Defoe’s novel on British education and culture. The latter-day Robinsons of Kafka, Céline, Patrick Keiller and others are surveyed, and Robinson himself as a fictional character – more ‘a sort of ghost’ – makes known his opinion of the author.

Also by Jack Robinson and published in 2017:
An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B.

‘I read it with an idiot grin, delighted by every sentence, each of which has been constructed with remarkable care, not just for its own sound and plausibility, but to reflect the daily realities of life ... I can’t think of a wittier, more engaging, stylistically audacious, attentive and generous writer working in the English language right now.’
     – Nicholas Lezard, Guardian (full review here)

Previous titles
by Jack Robinson:

Days and Nights in W12
‘Ingeniously observed, elliptical and funny, it’s like the best moments in a novel, minus the padding.’ – Geoff Dyer

by the same author
‘This book is a kind of portrait of the contemporary committed reader: oh, you think, reading it, is that what I’m like?’ – Jonathan Gibbs