Third Man Books First Novel: The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
Third Man Books is thrilled to announce that it will be the exclusive US publisher of Benjamin Myers' celebrated historical novel The Gallows Pole (2017), slated for a winter 2019 release. The novel, which won the Walter Scott Prize for historic fiction and is on its fifth print run in the UK, received global acclaim for its portrayal of the "coining" gangs of 1760s Yorkshire.
"We love everything about this book, how it was written and Mr. Myers himself," Third Man's Ben Swank said. "One of our many pre-occupations is mini-universes created by real artists, and with The Gallows Pole Ben Myers has crafted a living breathing landscape of time and place haunted with ghosts and rich with larger-then-life characters re-born straight from real (bloody) history. We couldn't be happier to have Myers, our very first UK author, on Third Man Books, and we're delighted to bring this beast of a novel to American shores."
"Atmospheric alt-crime at its best.” – NME
"A roaring furnace of a novel. In telling a big story about a small place, Benjamin Myers portrays social upheavels which have a sharp contemporary echo, as well as bringing to light a little-known and fascinating fragment of rural English history…he meets the challenge for every author of historical fiction – bringing alive the past and speaking forcefully to the readers of today” – judges comments of the Walter Scott Prize 2018 (winner)