The Gallows Pole
WINNER OF THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE HIT BBC SERIES BY SHANE MEADOWS
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.
'A windswept, brutal tale of eighteenth-century Yorkshire told in starkly beautiful prose' GUARDIAN
'A brutal tale told with an original, muscular voice' THE TIMES
'Powerful, visceral writing, historical fiction at its best.' Pat Barker
'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
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Available in hardback, paperback, kindle and audio formats. First published by Bluemoose in 2017.