Bloomsbury to Publish The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers

Winner of the 2018 Walter Scott Prize. ‘Historical fiction at its best’ Pat Barker.

‘Phenomenal’ Sebastian Barry. ‘Superb’ The Times


‘Powerful, visceral writing, historical fiction at its best. Benjamin Myers is one to watch’ PAT BARKER


‘Superb’ THE TIMES

From his remote moorland home, David Hartley assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history. They are the Cragg Vale Coiners and their business is ‘clipping’   the forging of coins, a treasonous offence punishable by death.

When an excise officer vows to bring them down and with the industrial age set to  change the face of England forever, Hartley’s empire begins to crumble. Forensically assembled, The Gallows Pole is a true story of resistance and a rarely told alternative history of the North.

  • The award-winning novel from Benjamin Myers, The Gallows Pole won the Walter Scott Prize, a Roger Deakin Award, was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and was selected as a Book of the Year by the Guardian and the Big Issue, among others
  • A story of greed, resistance and class, it counts among its fans Pat Barker, Sebastian Barry, Robert Macfarlane, Joanne Harris, Amy Liptrot, Cynan Jones, Paul Kingsnorth and Mary Anne Hobbs
  • Third Man Books, Jack White’s literary imprint, is to publish in the US in November 2019 and it has been optioned for TV/film


“One of my books of the year … It’s the best thing Myers has done” ­ Robert Macfarlane, Big Issue Books of the Year

“A windswept, brutal tale of eighteenth-century Yorkshire told in starkly beautiful prose” Guardian

Author Biography: Benjamin Myers was born in Durham in 1976. His novel The Gallows Pole received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Beastings won the Portico Prize for Literature and Pig Iron won the Gordon Burn Prize, while Richard was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. He has also published poetry, crime novels and short fiction, while his journalism has appeared in publications including, among others, the Guardian, New Statesman, Caught by the River and New Scientist. He lives in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.

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