2007. A time of recession and impending climate crisis, and one young man decides to change the world.
Meet Stephen Jackley. Aged just twenty-one, obsessed with the idea of Robin Hood, he resolved to become a bank robber. He would steal from the rich and give to the poor.
Ben Machell is a feature writer for The Times and The Times Magazine and a contributor to multiple publications including VICE. He has been shortlisted for Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards. Ben has full and exclusive access to Stephen Jackley and his surviving diaries.
One of the strengths of Ben Machell’s compelling book is its patient unearthing of the various motivations for his subject’s behaviour – Guardian
In Machell, [Jackley] has found the most sympathetic and intelligent of biographers . . . . . . a tremendously invigorating book, scrupulously researched – Mail on Sunday
Not only a gripping true-crime story, but also a sensitive and melancholy portrait of someone who has long struggled to fit in to society – New Statesman
An astonishing story which resonates at a time of staggering inequality, and one which asks salient questions about wealth redistribution – Esquire
Machell treats his subject . . . with tender fascination, disapproving of Jackley’s strategy but not his world view – New Yorker
Charting Jackley’s rise from obscurity to international criminal, the fascinating book is packed with brilliant twists. A brilliant read – The Sun