First published by Bluemoose in 2014, Bloomsbury August 2019

Winner of the Portico Prize For Literature 2015.

Winner of the Northern Writers’ Award 2013.

Longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award 2015


 A girl. A baby. An abduction. A priest. A poacher. A pursuit.


  The wild Cumbrian countryside. Life and death and corruption.




Beastings is a brilliant, brutal novel, told sparsely but with huge strength. It put me in mind of the work of Ron Rash and Cormac McCarthy in its attention to landscape, and its muscular tone.” – Robert Macfarlane


“Beastings describes a desperate chase across the wildest parts of Cumbria in prose as primal and denuded as the fells themselves. The evocation of landscape is intimate and elemental…. Myers has the potential to become a true tragedian of the fells.” The Guardian

“Benjamin Myers is quite simply an excellent and already accomplished writer. His prose is taut, confident, professionally polished but at the same time maintaining a sense of rustic and unrefined authenticity, that which is truly hewn.” – Sarah Hall