The Gallows Pole is out


I’m pleased to report that copies of my new novel The Gallows Pole are now available to buy.

Though it is not published until May 17th 2017, (very limited) hardbacks and paperbacks can be bought direct from Bluemoose Books. They will be dispatched straight away. Just click this link.

If you happen to be in Yorkshire, my local book shop The Book Case in Hebden Bridge (below) is also the only shop in the world that is stocking the book pre-publication.

It will then be available through all the usual retails and online outlets: Waterstones, Amazon etc. You can pre-order now. If at all possible please support your local book shop.

I’ll also be doing a few signings, Q&A over the coming months too.

The Gallows Pole is a novelisation of the true story of ‘King’ David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners, a gang of weavers, land workers and hill-top peasants who embarked upon the biggest forgery that this country had ever seen. Their crimes resulted in great wealth and resonated all the way to Westminster, and ended in torture, murder and hanging. It is, I think, a story that is as vital a part of British history as those of Robin Hood and Dick Turpin (or Billy The Kid in the US and Ned Kelly in Australia), yet is little known beyond the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.

It is also a tale of delusion, myth, folklore, the moorlands, landscape, occultist practices, class and the divide between rich and poor.

The book received a Roger Deakin Award, which supports new writing concerned with “natural history, landscape and environment”.

Here is the song that inspired the novel’s title.


book case




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