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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 Day

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The Gallows Pole

4.22 avg rating — 1,193 ratings — published 2017 — 9 editions
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Pig Iron

4.31 avg rating — 435 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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4.20 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 2014 — 8 editions
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Turning Blue

4.03 avg rating — 309 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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The Offing

4.43 avg rating — 229 ratings — published 2019 — 3 editions
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These Darkening Days

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3.57 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 2004 — 4 editions
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4.53 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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"This is the story of Robert, the sixteen year old son of a Durham coal miner, on the cusp of adulthood, as he foot-slogs slowly southwards just after the Second World War.  His simple hand-to-mouth existence changes when he meets Dulcie, who's old..." Read more of this review »
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"So lovely, so simple. Following the Second World War, young sixteen year old Robert Appleyard meets Dulcie, an older woman who feels like she could be related to Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. Their friendship opens both of them up and reiterates the..." Read more of this review »
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"Lovely tale, well told. There's a wonderful sense of time and place, and a gentle tone given the huge societal shifts driving the action."
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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.”
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“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.”
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“Fuck the king because you can be sure the king is already fucking you.”
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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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