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With Benjamin Myers

The first British author to be signed to Jack White’s imprint Third Man Books speaks to Mary Anne Hobbs about the experience of being scouted by a rock star!

Mary Anne speaks to the first British author to be signed to Jack White's imprint 'Third Man Books'.

Benjamin Myers from West Yorkshire released his book ‘The Gallows Pole’ in 2017 and has already picked up the Roger Deakin Award, plus the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historic fiction.

Thanks to a new publishing deal at Third Man Books, there will now be a US edition of the novel coming out in the winter of 2019.

The novel was billed by his original publishers (Bluemoose) as “a rarely told alternative history of the North". Tune in as Mary Anne hears Benjamin read an extract from the book, and opens up about the experience of being scouted by a rock star!

Third Man Books is the publishing arm of Jack White's Third Man Records. The imprint specialises in non-fiction, speculative fiction and poetry.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Prince

    Little Red Corvette

    • Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
  • Teleman

    Song For A Seagull

    • Moshi Moshi Recordings.
  • Leonard Cohen

    You Want It Darker

    • Columbia.
  • Shida Shahabi


    • 130701.
  • Aretha Franklin


  • Tunng

    Dark Heart

    • Full Time Hobby.
  • Lou Reed

    Satellite Of Love

    • Global Television.
  • Our Girl

    In My Head

    • Cannibal Hymns.
  • Radiohead


    • In Rainbows.
  • Kaan Wafi

    Tyrant's Shore (feat. George Kandalaft)

    • self released.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Buffalo Soldier

    • Island.
  • Aphex Twin

    T69 Collapse

    • Warp Records.
  • The Clash

    The Guns Of Brixton

    • Epic.
  • Blood Orange

    Charcoal Baby

    • Domino Recording Co.
  • Sunriser

    • Moses Sumney

      Rank and File

      • Jagjaguar.
  • The Flaming Lips

    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1

    • Warner Bros.
  • Leon Bridges

    Bad Bad News

    • Columbia.
  • Mogwai

    We're Not Done

    • Rock Action Records.
  • Daughter

    Doing The Right Thing (6 Music Session, 9 Dec 2015)

  • Wookie

    Battle (feat. Lain)

    • Battle.
    • S2S.
    • 1.
  • TVAM

    These Are Not Your Memories

    • Psychic Data.
  • Kojey Radical

    Pure (Clean Edit)

  • Lauryn Hill


    • Columbia/Ruff House.
  • Oh Sees


    • Castle Face.
  • Led Zeppelin


  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads

    Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

    • Demon Records.
  • Santigold

    Run The Road

    • Downtown Records.
  • Benjamin Myers Interview

    • Jack White


      • Third Man Records/XL.
  • Elastica


    • Deceptive Records.
  • Kiran Leonard

    Paralysed Force

    • Moshi Moshi.
  • Jungle

    Heavy, California

    • XL Recordings.
  • Jamie xx

    SeeSaw (feat. Romy)

    • Young Turks.
  • White Denim

    It Might Get Dark

    • City Slang.
  • Savages


  • BC Camplight

    I'm Desperate

    • Bella Union.
  • Jill Scott

    A Long Walk

    • Who Is Jill Scott?.
    • Epic.
  • St. Vincent

    New York

    • Loma Vista/Caroline International.
  • Charles Bradley

    Flame On It (BBC Radio 6 Music Session)