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"His poetic vernacular brims with that quality most sadly lost - humanity." - The Guardian
About the Author
Benjamin Myers is a multi-award winning author. BEASTINGS won The Portico Literature Prize 2015 and was long listed for The Jerwood Prize for fiction 2015. PIG IRON won the inaugural GORDON BURN Prize 2013. Benjamin Myers also won The Northern Writers Award 2014 and the Society of Authors Tom Gallon prize 2014. His novel RICHARD was a Sunday Times bestseller. He is an award winning music journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman, MOJO, Caught by The River.
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I'm sure I'm in a minority, but I wouldn't have chosen it if I'd known how graphic it was, so if like me you don't really need the detail of gorey flesh ripping and bone crunching, you might just want to give it a swerve down a nice green copse.
I'm sure each reader will make their own minds up about the characters, but there is a theme that runs through each of the interconnecting stories; one of earthiness, 'belonging', and ultimately escape and freedom. I read this cover to cover in two sittings, it's gripping, pacy, and often surprising. I was drawn into the characters and cared about them. The use of Durham vernacular and location is, I think, pretty unique, and comes from a place (I feel) of genuine warmth You can feel it in a way that I've never encountered before in writings about the North East.
Make a good film, I reckon.
I've given it five stars because I think it's the second book I've ever read that I'm still thinking about. It's stunning. My conclusion is somewhat scientific - Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
Read it, you might see what I mean. In fact, I implore you to read it. If you buy anything before this book, I am going to sneak round in the night and replace it with Pig Iron.
I completed this book in 3 sittings, it was just too good to put down, the only other book that has gripped and stayed with me was The Road - for quality, compelling, dark and brutal yet poetic fiction I find them both on a par - yes the story that Ben weaves in the double narrative is that good.
I'm not going to detail any of the storyline here, other reviewers have done that already, just do yourself a favour and read it!
A couple of mild caveats: I don’t think the novel entirely escapes sentimentality and when all is said and done, it is John-John’s physical prowess that allows him to survive in the harsh world he is forced into. That said, I still think the book a considerable achievement and recommend it as a thoroughly worthwhile read.
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Recommended to lots of friends
Hope he writes more, loved Beastings too, another fab read