Official Website of JM Cobley

A Hundred Years to Arras – out on 19th August 2021

Available online at Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwell’s, Foyles and all independent booksellers!

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.

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

Read more here…


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.


Tuesday 29th March 2022: WriteClub Leamington, Star & Garter 8pm

Saturday 2nd April 2022:
Oxford Indie Book Fair (with Sue Clark)

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:

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:

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 

JM Cobley. Photo by KA Cobley.
Read an extract from ‘A Hundred Years to Arras’

You can read an extract from the novel here.

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


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.

Get In Touch
Twitter: @JasonMCobley

More Ways to Get In Touch

Create your website with
Get started