A Hundred Years to Arras – out on 19th August 2021
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.
Original Unbound site for the novel is here.
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
New blogpost here! 13th March 2022
Out now: a collection of short stories to complement the novel, including ‘A Goose for Christmas’, ‘Flora’s War’ and ‘The Mines of Arras’ plus 11 other stories.
Available from Amazon.
Thursday 5th May 2022: Stratford Indie Author’s Live Lit Evening, Boston Tea Party 7pm
Stratford Literary Festival 7th – 8th May 2022
24th September 2022: South Warwickshire Literary Festival
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
‘A Hundred Years to Arras’ is available from all online booksellers, as well as bricks and mortar bookshops. 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’ include:
And, last but definitely not least, Kenilworth Books
Read an extract from ‘A Hundred Years to Arras’
You can read an extract from the novel here.
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.
“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
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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