Official Website of JM Cobley

JM Cobley is the author of ‘A Hundred Years to Arras’, published by Unbound. He has written for adults and children for over twenty years. See some of his featured writings, press mentions and author information below. Read an interview with JM Cobley here.

A Hundred Years to Arras – out on 19th August 2021
Published by Unbound. Cover by Mark Ecob.

This historical novel is based on real events. On a painful, freezing Easter Monday in 1917, over twenty thousand allied troops emerged from underneath the French town of Arras to mount a surprise attack on German positions outside Arras and up to Vimy Ridge. Private Robert Gooding Henson of the Somerset Light Infantry is stationed outside of Arras with his brigade and is launched into the battle, where he is separated from his company and ends the day defending Hervin Farm at St Laurent Blangy. Robert is twenty-three years old, a farmer’s boy from Somerset, and the novel tracks his journey from joining up against his father’s wishes in 1915 to that Easter Monday in April 1917.

Interview with Alex Green of the Rugby Advertiser:

Long Lawford man inspired by harrowing family history to write novel depicting a First World War Tommy’s life

Read more here…


5th September 2021: New Blogpost – Blog Tour underway! Read more here.

Next event:

Signing at Kenilworth Books 10-12 on Saturday 18th September 2021.


One of the things that I did throughout the pre-publication process with Unbound was to keep supporters up to date with updates. This post archives some of the research that I talked about in preparation for writing the book: https://unbound.com/books/a-hundred-years-to-arras/updates/flashback-to-research

Available from all booksellers
JM Cobley. Photo by KA Cobley.

‘A Hundred Years to Arras’ is available from all online booksellers, as well as bricks and mortar bookshops. The following independent bookshops will be stocking the book on release. Please support your local bookshop – and if you get your copy through them, why not encourage them to get me in? I’ll talk about the origins of the book and sign copies.

Bookshops stocking ‘A Hundred Years to Arras’:

Mostly Books, Oxford

Griffin Books, Penarth

Cogito Books, Hexham

Daunt Books, Hampstead

Fred’s Bookshop, Ambleside

Gulliver’s Bookshop, Wimborne

Midland Books, Tullamore

Hunting Raven Books, Frome

Adventure into Books, Blairgowrie

Newham Bookshop, London

Hurley Books, Mevagissey

Winstone’s, Sherbourne

Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton

Warwick Books, Warwick

Libreria Books, London

John Sandoe Books, London

The Bookmark, Stockbridge

And, last but definitely not least, Kenilworth Books 

Other writings
‘Commando’ issue no 5309. Cover by Neil Roberts.

JM Cobley (writing as Jason Cobley) has been a regular writer for DC Thompson’s ‘Commando’ comic. Find out more here.

Jason is the co-founder of comics anthology ‘Brawler’ from Time Bomb Comics, which includes his ‘Amnesia Agents’ series with art by James Gray.

Jason is also known for his work adapting classic texts into graphic novels for Classical Comics and his original graphic novel co-created by Andrew Wildman, ‘Frontier: The Weird Wild West’.


“Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place”

Kurt Vonnegut



Original Unbound site for the novel is here.

About JM Cobley

JM Cobley was born in Devon of Welsh parents and now lives in Warwickshire with his wife, daughter and two intrepid rabbits intent on escaping. The central character of A Hundred Years to Arras is based on his relative Robert Gooding Henson. He studied English Language and Literature at university and has now taught English to teenagers in various schools across the country for many years. 

JM Cobley is otherwise known for his work writing scripts for the long-running Commando comic and graphic novel adaptations of classics such as Frankenstein and An Inspector Calls, as well as the children’s novel The Legend of Tom Hickathrift. Jason also hosts a weekly show on Radio Abbey in Kenilworth, where he indulges his passion for classic and progressive rock.

Get in touch if you’ve got any questions. JM Cobley would be more than happy to hear from you.

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