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The Gallows Pole, by Benjamin Myers

Third Man Books9780997457858

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Set in the moorland hills of 18th century Yorkshire, The Gallows Pole is the true story of an organized crime of forgers known as the Cragg Vale Coiners. Lead by the charismatic “King” David Hartley, a man prone to violence and mystical visions, the Coiners rise to glory until the bloody murder of a government official brings them to the attention of the authorities. An English western, The Gallows Pole is a poetic and visceral telling of a secret history and a wild landscape. King David Hartley could be described, too, as Yorkshire’s Robin Hood. However, this could only be Robin Hood if he was really violent, lusty, and greedy. A story based on true history, The Gallows Pole also explores contemporary themes including wealth, abuse of power, class, corruptions, borders and boundaries and national identity. It is a novel set in the past that can tell us much about the present and future.