Benjamin Myers

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning author and journalist whose work has been translated into many languages.

His most recent novel, Cuddy, won the Goldsmith’s Prize awarded for mould-breaking fiction.

His last novel The Perfect Golden Circle was published in the US and UK, May 2022, it followed a debut collection of short stories, Male Tears (2021).

His novels include the best-seller The Offing (2019), which was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book at Bedtime’, was a Times Book of the Year, an i Book of the Year, a Reading Agency Book of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick and an Observer pick for 2019. It was also a Top 10 bestseller in the UK and Germany with sales of 300,000 copies.

His novel The Gallows Pole (2017) won Walter Scott Prize 2018, the world’s largest prize for historical fiction, and was as a BBC TV series by director Shane Meadows (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes) with A24 distributing in the US. It was the first novel to be published by Third Man Books in the US.

Other novels include These Darkening Days (2017); Turning Blue (2016) and Beastings (2014), winner of the Portico Prize For Literature and a Northern Writers’ Award.

Pig Iron (2012) won the Gordon Burn Prize and Richard (2010) was a bestseller, chosen by the Sunday Times as one of its books of the year.

He also published the non-fiction work, Under The Rock (2018), which was shortlisted for the Portico Prize For Literature, and a number of short collections of poetry, including Heathcliff Adrift (2014). Her previously worked as a journalist, and published a several music biographies.

His writing has appeared in publications including The Guardian, Mojo, New Statesman, New Scientist, The Spectator, The Big Issue, Le Monde, Caught By The River and others.

Benjamin is currently working on Rare Singles, a novel and a full-throated hymn to the sorrows and triumphs of soul music, acquired by Bloomsbury.

He was born in Durham, UK, in 1976. He currently lives in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.