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Radio 2 Book Club: The Last Days of Jack Sparks

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp will be featured on the Radio 2 Book Club on Monday 5 September.

The book was selected with the help of a panel made up of library staff from across the UK.

We have an exclusive extract (WARNING – strong language) available for you to read and you can find out more about the mystery behind the book.

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The Last Days of Jack Sparks

Jack Sparks died while writing this book.

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed – until now.

Selection panel review

Our library reading panel loved The Last Days of Jack Sparks – here are some of their comments:

“Genuinely scary and disturbing”, "made me feel anxious throughout”, “comical and relevant”, “funny, acerbic and irreverent”

About the author

Jason Arnopp is a British author and scriptwriter. His background is in journalism; he has worked on titles such as Heat, Q, The Word, Kerrang!, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine. He has written comedy for Radio 4 and official tie-in fiction for Doctor Who and Friday The 13th, but The Last Days of Jack Sparks is the first novel which is entirely Jason’s own fault (though some may prefer to lay the blame on Jack…).

A word from Jason

“I’ve always thought of librarians as awe-inspiring keepers of the sacred flame, connecting people with books they might love. So it’s truly wonderful to learn that these very keepers, along with the mighty Reading Agency, have deemed The Last Days Of Jack Sparks worthy of the Radio 2 Book Club! What an honour. Thank you so very much, all. I feel certain that Jack Sparks himself would also want to convey his thanks, if he wasn’t deceased. Please accept double gratitude from me instead!”

Get involved

Tune in to Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show on Monday 5 September to hear a live interview with Jason Arnopp talking about his book.

Have you read The Last Days of Jack Sparks? You can share your thoughts with us on Twitter or follow author Jason Arnopp. You can take a look at what other readers thought, or leave your own review.

Want to find out more? Take a look at the Radio 2 Book Club Twitter feed or find out more on the Radio 2 Book Club website


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