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The Year in Review




2022 has been another busy time on the creative front. In the spring The Perfect Golden Circle was published in the UK, US, India, Australia and New Zealand, and reached places I’ve never previously been covered, while The Offing has spent the entire year in the Top 20 in Germany. Worldwide sales are approaching something like half a million copies. No-one expected that, least of all me.

Shane Meadows’ TV adaptation of The Gallows Pole is edging closer to completion. I’ve seen some bits and pieces; I’m biased, but it’s special. Keep your eyes on the BBC in 2023. The novel is also coming out in Arabic in four countries, including Iraq. Life is full of surprises.

In March 2023 my new novel Cuddy is published. It’s the most ambitious project I’ve ever undertaken, and the four-and-a-half years I spent on it certainly took their toll. It’s available for pre-order now. I hope you get a chance to read it.

In amongst that I’ve still had plenty of time for reading. Below is a list of everything I’ve read for pleasure (work/research-related texts are not included).

Thanks for reading my work and all the best for the future.

Ben(jamin) Myers

Reading list 2022

Wayward by Vashti Bunyan

Mercia’s Take by Daniel Wiles

You Know What You Could Be: Tuning Into The 1960s by Mike Heron and Andrew Greig

In The Valley by Ron Rash

The Triple Echo by HE Bates

Red Milk by Sjon

Muse, Odalisque, Handmaiden by Rose Simpson

Dark Matter by Michael Winterbottom

The Sunken Land Will Rise Again by M. John Harrison

Ever Fallen In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes by Pete Shelley with Louie Shelley

They by Kay Dick

The Gamekeeper by Barry Hines

Battle Of Pollock’s Crossing by JL Carr

The Voids by Ryan O’Connor

The Wah-Wah Diaries by Richard E Grant

The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills

The Legend of the Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth

Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds Of British Cinema by Matthew Sweet

Pietr The Latvian by Georges Simenon

The Day Of The Tortoise by HE Bates

Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth

Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut

All My Cats by Brohumil Hrabal

Withnail & I (BFI Classics) by Kevin Jackson

Performance (BFI Classics) by Colin MacCabe

The Trespasser’s Companion by Nick Hayes

Stalking the Atomic City: Life Among the Decadent and the Depraved of Chernobyl

by Markiyan Kamysh

Going Mad In Hollywood by David Sherwin

A Helping Hand by Celia Dale

Hawkwind: Days Of The Underground by Joe Banks

Difficult Men: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin

Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul by Stuart Cosgrove

Mazes & Labyrinths In Great Britain by John Martineau

England On Fire by Stephen Ellcock and Matt Osman

High Concept: Don Simpson and The Age Of Hollywood Culture Of Excess by Charles Fleming

Wanting You To Want Want Me: Stories From The Secret World Of Strip Clubs by Bronwen Parker-Rhodes & Emily Dinsdale

Noble Ambitions: The Fall And Rise of the Post-War Country House by Adrian Tinniswood

Mr Wilder & Me by Jonathan Coe

Hollywood Animal by Joe Eszterhaz

Whatever Happened To The C86 Kids?: An Indie Odyssey by Nige Tassell

The Book Shop by Penelope Fitzgerald

Goodbye Victoria by TH White

Tomato Cain by Nigel Kneale

Jawbone: Autobiography Of A Film by Johnny Harris

A Licence To Rock And Pop: An Inventory Of Attitude by James Fry

Old School by Tobias Wolff

Foster by Clare Keegan

Eggs, Beans & Crumpets by PG Wodehouse

Antarctica by Clare Keegan

Offbeat: British Cinema’s Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems ed. Julian Upton

The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis

Heatwave by Victor Jestin

Boulder by Eva Baltasar

Spaceships Over Glasgow by Stuart Braithwaite

Pretty In Pink: The Golden Age Of Teenage Movies by Jonathan Bernstein

Waterland by Graham Swift

Here We Are by Graham Swift

The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

A Song For Every Season by Bob Copper

Blood On Satan’s Claw by Robert Wynne-Simmons and Richard Wells

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