Posted on 06/21/2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Benjamin Myers didn’t expect to win the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, nor could he have predicted the experience of accepting said award.

Myers wrote an essay for The Guardian about the absurdity of driving your trusty but dusty car over to stay with a descendant of Sir Walter Scott who also happens to be Scotland’s largest landowner.

Myers won for his novel The Gallows Pole, a retelling of the exploits of the Cragg Vale Coiners, an eighteenth-century gang that takes on an establishment that seeks to keep them poor and hungry. 

Read why he compared the award experience to “being on psychedelic drugs” in The Guardian.

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