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The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers wins the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction the WALTER SCOTT 2018

Benjamin Myers has won the £25k Walter Scott prize 2018 with his novel THE GALLOWS POLE. It is the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel, Sebastian Barry and Robert Harris.

The judges who included BBC Newsnight presenter KIRSTY WARK and BBC TODAY presenter James Naughite, said THE GALLOWS POLE is 'A Roaring furnace of a novel. A big story about a small place. Benjamin Myers portrays a social upheavel which has a sharp contemporary echo.'

THE GALLOWS POLE -Shortlisted for the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction.

THE GALLOWS POLE by Benjamin Myers has been shortlisted for the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction, the £25K WALTER SCOTT Prize 2018. Congratulations to Ben. I would also like to thank Kate, Jake, Simon and Rowan at The Bookcase Hebden Bridge, Sarah at The Book Corner at The Piece Hall and Ian at Waterstones Leeds for brilliantly hand selling Ben's book to their customers. When Independent publishing and indy booksellers work together to get great stories out there, things start to happen, and it is and everyone at Bluemoose Towers is chuffed to bits.