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Benjamin Myers

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

He is an award-winning author and journalist.

His first short story collection, Male Tears, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021.

His novel The Offing was published by Bloomsbury in 2019 and is a best-seller in Germany. It was serialised by Radio 4's Book At Bedtime and Radio 2 Book club choice. It is being developed for stage and has been optioned for film.

The non-fiction book Under The Rock, was shortlisted for The Portico Prize For Literature in 2020.

Recipient of the Roger Deakin Award and first published by Bluemoose Books, Myers' 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. It has

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The Offing

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Pig Iron

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Benjamin and 5 other people liked Sunny Mann's review of Beastings:
Beastings by Benjamin Myers
"Holy shit. This novel is fucking brutal... what happens to the poacher, to the girl at the end... shit is so fucked up..."
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Beastings by Benjamin Myers
"There’s something about Benjamin Myers writing that just draws me into his books. I like the way he manages to juxtapose the beauty of nature and the habits of farming folk with the ugliness of human nature.

The book is about a mute girl on the run th" Read more of this review »
The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
"Wow. I’m not sure what to say about this book. I started it, and really didn’t like it. It immediately gave me the creeps so I turned it upside down and put it at the bottom of my pile of books to read, and tried to forget about it. But something abo" Read more of this review »
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" I see Vanessa Redgrave too!

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“Fuck the king because you can be sure the king is already fucking you.”
Benjamin Myers, The Gallows Pole

“David Hartley appeared of the earth, of the moors. A man of smoke and peat and heather and fire, his body built for the hills. Where one began the other ended.”
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


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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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