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Benjamin Myers

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in Durham, The United Kingdom



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Benjamin Myers was born in Durham, UK, in 1976.

He is an award-winning author and journalist.

His next novel The Offing will be published by Bloomsbury in August 2019.

His latest book, Under The Rock, a work of non-fiction, is published May 2018.

Recipient of the Roger Deakin Award, his novel The Gallows Pole was published to acclaim in 2017 and was winner of the Walter Scott Prize 2018 - the world's largest prize for historical fiction.

The Gallows Pole will be reissued by Bloomsbury, alongside previous titles Beastings and Pig Iron, in 2019.

Turning Blue (2016) was described as a "folk crime" novel, and praised by writers including Val McDermid. A sequel These Darkening Days followed in 2017.

His novel Beastings (2014) won the Portico Prize For

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Average rating: 4.08 · 2,468 ratings · 348 reviews · 22 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Gallows Pole

4.23 avg rating — 799 ratings — published 2017 — 5 editions
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Pig Iron

4.30 avg rating — 357 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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4.21 avg rating — 300 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
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Turning Blue

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These Darkening Days

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"I couldn’t put this down! The Brutal and fascinating story of the Cragg vale coiners. An amazing insight to the true story of “King” David Hartley. I cannot recommend this book enough - it can be quite gruesome at times and there’s no doubt it it..." Read more of this review »
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"I wasn't sure if I would like this book but I loved it. It is extremely well written, an all too rare accomplishment these days. The story is also intriguing & full of characters.
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"I'm so lucky to live so close to a wealth of brilliant creatives. This did not disappoint - beautifully written and jam packed full of local information. Ben has a special connection with the natural world and I really enjoy his writing. The chapt..." Read more of this review »
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“Each time he returned to town, to home, to lie in bed perfectly still beside his sleeping wife, his senses enlivened, William Deighton felt utterly exhausted, yet he was nevertheless imbued and infused with a sort of joyful drunkenness too, and increasingly a part of him was still out there, stalking the moor, a half-feral man whose very dreams were now scented by heather and lit by moonlight, crackling with the mute power of all things connected.”
Benjamin Myers, The Gallows Pole

“Yes my sleep it was diysturbed by the sound of the moore tryin to get into my room an the sound of the moore tryin to get into my bed and the moore tryin to get into my mind becors it can do that can the moore and no man can sleep in that state no Not unless thur in a coffing.”
Benjamin Myers, The Gallows Pole

“That is how Isaac the Syrian imagines the world to come: not as two different places but as two different ways of responding to the love of God. “Those who are punished in hell,” Isaac writes, “are scourged by the scourge of love. For what is so bitter and vehement as the punishment of love?”
Benjamin Myers, The Apostles' Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism


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WndyJW I am really excited that I have discovered Benjamin Myers. Now if I can only find a way to buy his books so that he gets paid! Beastings is on Amazon, but Turning Blur and Pig Iron are only available through used book dealers. I hope Bluemoose Booke still has copies for sale.

Benjamin You can now vote for my novel PIG IRON in The Guardian's Not The Booker prize if so inclined.

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