The Gallows Pole (Paperback)Benjamin Myers (author)
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A dark, primal story of smuggling, suppression and retribution set in eighteenth-century Yorkshire, The Gallows Pole’s stygian murk borders on folk horror. A fictionalised retelling of the outlaw Cragg Vale Coiners and the brutality they trailed in their wake, it is a novel that bubbles with uncanny local myth and parochial terrors.
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.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A phenomenal and highly energised novel' - Sebastian Barry
'One of my books of the year ... It's the best thing Myers has done' - Robert Macfarlane
'A windswept, brutal tale of eighteenth-century Yorkshire told in starkly beautiful prose' - The Guardian
'A brutal tale told with an original, muscular voice' - The Times
'Powerful, visceral writing, historical fiction at its best. Benjamin Myers is one to watch' - Pat Barker, The Guardian
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