The Society of Authors' Roger Deakin Award.

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers has received The Society of Authors' Roger Deakin award. We publish it in May 2017.

It is a 'HYMN TO THE HILLS,' a story of The Cragg Vale Coiners and 'King' David Hartley who clipped coins, created an alternative economy in West Yorkshire, and railed against the establishment and the onset of the industrial revolution. It is a beautiful and powerful novel about a divided England and it is as relevant today as it was 250 years ago.

I know I'm biased but I think it is Ben's best work to date.


MUMSNETS BOOKS have chosen THE SECRET TO NOT DROWNING as their book of the month for November, which is brilliant. 50 members of the book club are reading and on Monday 28th November, Colette will be doing an online interview via SKYPE, do a Q & A and discuss the central topic of emotional abuse in relationships and marriages. THE SECRET TO NOT DROWNING was also chosen as A BRAVE NEW READ 2016 in which Colette embarked on a national tour of libraries and bookshops. 

Happy Birthday to us

In a couple of weeks Bluemoose Books will be 10 years old. We've ordered the cake, two balloons and a round of fancies from Waites the bakers. In the past decade we've experienced some bumps along the way, usually involving the bank manager and the person in charge of the abacus. Our authors have won and been short listed for international and national literary prizes, we've sold film and TV rights to Hollywood, ITV and Channel 4 and last week we sold our first book in KAZAKHSTAN. But before we start on the nostalgia trip and going all doolally tap, here are two books we've just published.

The cover of 'Tainted Love' by Anna Chilvers.The cover of 'The less than perfect legend of Donna Creosote' by Dan Micklethwaite.

TAINTED LOVE by Anna Chilvers and THE LESS THAN PERFECT LEGEND OF DONNA CREOSOTE. You can see the jackets above.

Well toodlepip for now and look forward to seeing you at the party.

BEASTINGS by Benjamin Myers wins £10,000 Portico Literature Prize 2015

Fantastic News!

Massive congratulations to Ben, because he's done it again. He's now a serial prize winning author. BEASTINGS, which we published in July 2014, has won The Portico Literature Prize 2015. He's joining some famous previous winners in Anthony Burgess, Sarah Hall and Val McDermid. Many thanks to the judges, The Portico, Val McDermid for hosting, and The Portico for their continued support for writers and writing. Without the attention to detail and their brilliant editorial eyes, Bluemoose wouldn't be where we are today. I would like to thank Leonora Rustamova, Hetha Duffy and Lin Webb for making BEASTINGS the best book it could possibly be, including talking to Ben in the middle of a Northumbrian forest a couple of days before the book went to the printers.

PIG IRON winner of the inaugural GORDON BURN Prize 2013.

Ben Myers awarded the Society Of Authors Tom Gallon Prize 2014.

Ben Myers winner of The Northern Writing Award 2014.

BEASTINGS short listed for The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015.

BEASTINGS winner of The Portico LIterature Prize 2015.



BEASTINGS by Benjamin Myers - Short listed for another literary prize

BEASTINGS by Benjamin Myers has been short listed for the £10,000 Portico Literature Prize 2015. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner hosted by Val McDermid in Manchester on November 26th. Previous winners of the prize are, Anthony Burgess, Val McDermid and Sarah Hall. One of the short listed authors is the brilliant Alan Garner.

This is the second time this year that Ben has been short listed for a major literary prize. Earlier in the year BEASTINGS was short listed for THE JERWOOD FICTION UNCOVERED Prize. In the past two years Ben has won and been short listed for several literary prizes which include winning the inaugural GORDON BURN Prize 2013 with PIG IRON, The Society of Authors' TOM GALLON Prize 2014 and The Northern Writers' Award 2014 for Beastings. Congratulations to Ben.


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