The Gallows Pole

The Gallows Pole The Gallows Pole may well turn out to be s His Bloody Project It s a windswept brutal tale of eighteenth century Yorkshire told in starkly beautiful prose Alex Preston The Guardian Terrific ill

  • Title: The Gallows Pole
  • Author: Benjamin Myers
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  • Page: 356
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  • The Gallows Pole may well turn out to be 2017 s His Bloody Project It s a windswept, brutal tale of eighteenth century Yorkshire told in starkly beautiful prose Alex Preston, The Guardian Terrific illuminating, gripping and deeply rooted in its setting The description of a popular uprising against the rich establishment has many links with our current political cli The Gallows Pole may well turn out to be 2017 s His Bloody Project It s a windswept, brutal tale of eighteenth century Yorkshire told in starkly beautiful prose Alex Preston, The Guardian Terrific illuminating, gripping and deeply rooted in its setting The description of a popular uprising against the rich establishment has many links with our current political climate that makes it thought provoking and vital Amy Liptrot Compelling and visceral in its language, The Gallows Pole is an astonishing act of reclamation a hidden history re imagined, a lost landscape vividly brought to life Jake Arnott Myers is the master of English rural noir Paul Kingsnorth I saw them Stag headed men dancing at on the moor at midnight, nostrils flared and steam rising An England divided 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.A charismatic leader, Hartley cares for the poor and uses violence and intimidation against his opponents He is also prone to self delusion and strange visions of mythical creatures.When excise officer William Deighton vows to bring down the Coiners and one of their own becomes turncoat, Hartley s empire begins to crumble With the industrial age set to change the face of England forever, the fate of his empire is under threat.Forensically assembled from historical accounts and legal documents, The Gallows Pole is a true story of resistance that combines poetry, landscape, crime and historical fiction, whose themes continue to resonate Here is a rarely told alternative history of the North Myers captivating tale of the Cragg Vale Coiners is as wild and full of life in all its beauty and brutality as stags on the Yorkshire moors Wyl Menmuir You can smell the rot, feel the wet weight of mud on your skin, hear the birdsong, muttered threats and prayers to old godsel at the dizzying depths of history Myers finds in a scrap of land the intoxicating, exhilarating mines of buried epics he discovers Niall Griffiths His prose is beautifully controlled and so graphic it s impossible not to picture the scenes he conjures up in striking detail There is no hiding place from the darkness because the writing is so damned good Val McDermid A glass of whisky, fireplace, rain lashing the window sort of book Make the whisky cask strength Cynan Jones Smelting together the pace, violence and sheer drama of a Cormac McCarthy novel with a Ted Hughes like evocation of its wild Pennine setting, The Gallows Pole is an unforgettable true story of counterfeiting and murder that burns brilliantly, searing into the eye and mind Riveting, raw and unflinchingly polemical, it tears open the English landscape to reveal the messy, eerie, rough and raw lives once lived therein in incredible, alarming and unforgettable style Rob Cowen

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  • Benjamin Myers

    Benjamin Myers was born in Durham, UK, in 1976.He is an award winning author and journalist.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.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 Literature, was the recipient of the Northern Writers Award and longlisted for a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award 2015 Widely acclaimed, it featured on several end of year lists, and was chosen by Robert Macfarlane in The Big Issue as one of his books of 2014.Pig Iron 2012 was the winner of the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize and runner up in The Guardian s Not The Booker Prize A controversial combination of biography and novel, Richard 2010 was a bestseller and chosen as a Sunday Times book of the year.Myers short story The Folk Song Singer was awarded the Tom Gallon Prize in 2014 by the Society Of Authors and published by Galley Beggar Press His short stories and poetry have appeared in dozens of anthologies.As a journalist he has written about the arts and nature for publications including New Statesman, The Guardian, NME, Mojo, Time Out, New Scientist, Caught By The River, The Morning Star, Vice, The Quietus, Melody Maker and numerous others.He currently lives in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.

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  • An impressive recreation of West Yorkshire in the late eighteenth century, this historical novel tells the tale of the rise and fall of the Cragg Vale Coiners and their leader "King David" Hartley. The coiners profited by clipping coins and forging fake money, operating from well defended bases on the moors above the Calder Valley. Myers knows his area inside out, and the book is full of atmospheric descriptions and brilliant writing. The gang's success was largely due to their local popularity [...]


  • What a fascinating and grisly tale this is. Based on true events, The Gallows Pole tells the story of the Cragg Vale Coiners, a gang of forgers that operated in rural Yorkshire of the 18th century. Led by the formidable "King" David Hartley, this motley band of weavers and labourers soon found themselves the bearers of unimaginable wealth, while committing the biggest fraud in British history.Mingled with the account of the Coiners' activities are excerpts of Hartley's memoir, composed from a ja [...]


  • Now on the outstanding longlist for the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for 'gorgeous prose and hardcore literary fiction' from small, independent presses. So name your Gods lads. Honour them. Live amongst them. And always remember your place. Because England is changing. The wheels of industry turn ever onwards and the trees are falling still. Last week I did chance to meet a man down there in Cragg Vale who told me that soon this valley is to be invaded. He spoke of chimneys and waterways [...]


  • RE-READ DUE TO ITS LONGLISTING FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZEThis is why I rite these werds down for you new becors historee is only ever remembured by the powerfull and the welthy the book lerners in the big howses with thur fancy kwills to these I say this is my story not my confeshun My story as I sor it These are not the werds of a man turned sower with regret and if I had another chance Id do it all the sayme again but bigger and betterBluemoose Books is an independent publisher b [...]


  • I hesitate to write a review for this book because I cannot do it justice. I want to say The Gallows Pole is lyrical, evocative, moving, haunting and memorable, but I have used these adjectives so many times to describe lesser books.While reading this true story of the David Hartley and the Clagg Vale Coiners I could see the moors, hear the wind, feel the deep bone aching weariness of the hardworking men and women of 18th century Yorkshire. Benjamin Myers' prose took me out of my own environment [...]


  • 3.5 starsThe Gallows Pole is a fictionalised account of the rise and fall of the Cragg Valley Coiners in 18th century Yorkshire. The sense of time and place conveyed by the author is absolutely superb - this is a very immersive book, and I enjoyed that about it. However, I think it was just a bit toowellblokey for my tastes - kind of like historical fiction for bearded real ale drinkers. Women in this world existed only as receptacles for a man's seed, apparently. Oh, and to serve their ale, of [...]


  • An excellent story, with prose that flows easily and convincingly.A very impressive book that will hopefully get a wide reading audience.Benjamin Myers won the Roger Deakin Award for The Gallows Pole. This is a literary prize that rewards writing about nature.How strange it is that The Gallows Pole is also a story of human's (men) violence and barbarity. It's also a book that takes well known Yorkshire history from 1769/70 and blends in a fictionalised first hand account of those events.The main [...]


  • RE-READ AFTER ITS INCLUSION ON THE EXCELLENT REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS LONG LISTThe Gallows Pole is published by Bluemoose Books, one of the UK's small, independent publishers. On its website, Bluemoose Books says it " an independent publisher based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Kevin and Hetha Duffy started Bluemoose in 2006 and as a ‘family’ of readers and writers we’re passionate about the written word and stories."If you are of a certain age, like me, The Gallows Pole is a song by [...]


  • This book reads like you are being told an ancient folk tale, evoking every visceral aspect of the people it portrays and the grit and dirt of the countryside of the times. It is utterly compelling and compulsive. Superb. I highly recommend this book.


  • The Gallows Pole - Benjamin Myers I have been reading plenty of books from outside these shores recently so it was a real pleasure to enjoy something so much that is practically from our backyard; West Yorkshire and Cumbria. Certainly Benjamin Myers is one of our upcoming young authors. Amongst his novels so far, Beastings (a young woman with an infant on the being chased across the wilds of Cumbria), and a dark series of two detective novels set in the same valley as this book and also in the 1 [...]



  • The Gallows Pole, by Benjamin Myers, is a fictionalised story based on surviving accounts of true events from eighteenth century northern England. In a remote Yorkshire hamlet, on the cusp of the industrial revolution, a local man named David Hartley pronounces himself King. He leads a gang of weavers and land workers in an illegal enterprise that puts food on the tables and clothes on the backs of the poorest in his area at the expense of those who have sufficient. Hartley and his brothers talk [...]


  • I thought this was extraordinary and perfectly pitched. I’m biased because this is set on my home turf and speaks straight to my sense of belonging, but it stands as amongst the most visceral and intense books of my year.


  • The mood that the author created and maintained throughout the book was something special. I felt as though I was there on the moors in 1760s, because the writing was so descriptive and immersive. The book, however, was also a mixed bag for me at times, because the immersive power came more from the poetic quality of the text rather than the storyline itself. I was expecting more from the plot, so I had to adjust my expectations, but for me this book was all about the atmosphere. 3.5 stars round [...]


  • Were the Cragg Vale Coiners heroes who fed the Yorkshire poor and fought the greedy Crown? Were they criminals who, by forging coins, ruined honest merchants and threatened the rule of law? Is the standoff between the high representatives of the state and the band of counterfeiters in the valley an allegory for the fight between freedom versus authority, the agrarian society versus industrialization, the past versus the future? Between these conceptual lines lies the wide territory that has the [...]


  • 4.5 A visceral tale of gold, greed, and betrayal set in the wild Yorkshire moors, based on historical accounts of a gang of 18th C. coin clippers and the men determined to bring them down. Myers writes of the moors in language vivid and, at times, breathtaking in its harsh poetry.


  • I hope that the seven titles on this year's MBP longlist that I haven't read yet are as stimulating and well written as The Gallows Pole. Every bit as compelling as His Bloody Project, and, in its own way, equally as nuanced.



  • The tale of a real-life gang of forgers at large in the Pennine valleys of West Yorkshire at the end of the 18th Century. Myers' writing is lyrical, powerfully evoking the tough, even brutal, Pennine landscape, and the equally tough lives of the men and women struggling for survival at a time of great change. The story of the Cragg Vale Coiners adds to our understanding of a somewhat overlooked time in history. It does not sentimentalise, and poses important questions without straightforward ans [...]


  • I only discovered Benjamin Myers last year, and he's instantly become one of favourite writers. Beastings is probably my favourite of his works but The Gallows Pole is definitely a close second. At times I found it not to be the easiest of reads, but once I found the rhythm of it I was left breathless. Benjamin Myers is definitely one of Britain's finest writers, and I am yet to find anyone who writse a death scene quite like him.


  • Despite my reading almost no fiction these days, there was a pretty good chance I was going to enjoy Benjamin Myers’ novel based on the true story of a notorious gang of 18th-century money counterfeiters: one of my study windows looks out across the upper Calder Valley towards Cragg Vale, where much of this novel is set; the other looks across Hebden Valley to Heptonstall Church, where the novel’s protagonist is buried.The Gallows Pole tells the story of the Cragg Vale Coiners, an organised [...]


  • I can't recommend this book enough. I became of fan of Benjamin Myers after Beastings, and this ranks with it among my favorites. Myers writing suits the story of the Clippers and Coiners and Counterfeiters of the mid to late 1700s so well, and as with Beastings, he brings the landscapes to life, making the moors as much a part of the book as the outlaw heroes and lawmen that walk them. Honestly a fantastic book that deserves every bit of praise it gets and more.


  • What an amazingly well written story. Bringing my beloved Yorkshire, albeit a gloomy Yorkshire, to sunny Sydney. I was referred this book by a friend back in the UK, in my home town of Halifax, and am I glad I was. I need to read more of Mr Myers now.


  • He grapples with poverty, injustice and human suffering. His writing packs a visceral punch and is not for the faint-hearted. His descriptions of beatings and murders are to be relished — fan that I am of Richard Allen and Quentin Tarantino — and are beautifully rendered in poetic, unrelenting, muscular prose bringing alive acts of savage desperation.Reviewed on The BookBlast® Diary 2017


  • An interesting and well-written book, telling the tale of the Cragg Vale Coiners, all based on fact. Despite the fact that David Hartley and his (very large) gang did a lot of good for their folk, Myers does a good job of avoiding painting them as Robin Hood-types - there's some quite gruesome, horrific violence suffered upon those who cross the coiners. This is the third book that I've read by Myers, and in some ways his work comes across like that of an English Cormac McCarthy, the rugged Nort [...]


  • An earthy, evocative novel rich with the texture of the Yorkshire (or Jorvikshire) landscape. Set at the dawn of the industrial era, when craft work was giving way to machinery and that windswept landscape was on the cusp of permanent change, the novel pits a band of 'coiners' (themselves representatives of a type of artisanship) against the businesslike and legalistic forces of the Crown, represented by exciseman William Deighton. This is an enjoyable story that blends landscape writing with th [...]


  • An interesting fictional account of the David Hartley counterfeit activity in 1760-1770 in the northern part of the UK. A 'coin clipping' operation that threatened the entire UK economy with it's breadth and success at the time. Full of interesting individuals, a 'journal' from David, and an intriguing chase put forth by William Deighton.


  • What can I say, this is a good book! Myers clearly knows how to stack words together. His many passages describing Yorkshire moor landscapes brim with life, those in which the counterfeiter characters rail against The Man (and industrialisation) are always rousing, and some of the best scenes felt one step removed from a folk song--as I was reading them, Myers's rhythms also give a vivid sense how the brutal murders and daring escapes and cunning stratagems in his book (some of which did happen) [...]


  • There are no heroes in this book - only rogues, charlatans and hypocrites. Here are men who act illegally to do what they see as right, to feed and clothe and house the people of The Upper Calder Valley. They are brutal men, treated in a brutal fashion and those with law on their side are no better. I suppose they all get their comeuppance.The novel is written in a suitably brutal though poetic way. It's set in an area I know fairly well and Myers captures the geography, weather and landscape ve [...]


  • I don't get much time for reading in what we wryly refer to as summer so it's taken a couple of fitful months to finish this, but that's no reflection on the book: it's magnificent. His best yet, the perfect blend of landscape and narrative, language and ideas. Recommended without hesitation. I'll be heading to the graveyard in Heptonstall next time I'm in the valleyThanks Ben


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