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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Beastings by Benjamin Myers, read by Ralph Ineson.

Winner of the Portico Prize for Literature and the Northern Writers’ Award.

A girl and a baby. A priest and a poacher. A savage pursuit through the landscape of a changing rural England. 

When a teenage girl leaves the workhouse and abducts a child placed in her care, the local priest is called upon to retrieve them. Chased through the Cumbrian mountains of a distant past, the girl fights starvation and the elements, encountering the hermits, farmers and hunters who occupy the remote hillside communities. An American Southern Gothic tale set against the violent beauty of Northern England, Beastings is a sparse and poetic novel about morality, motherhood and corruption.

©2014 Benjamin Myers (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"A brilliant, brutal novel." (Robert Macfarlane)

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  • Nicky Ablett-Tate
  • 11-02-21

A harrowing but excellent read

A comment on the hypocrisy of religion and the desperate aftermath of repeated trauma, this is a painful and difficult story. It’s gripping throughout and the characters are brilliantly drawn but avoid if you are looking for something uplifting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-21

confusion at first

I was really under the impression from the story that the poacher had killed the man in the cave, it didn't click, even with the threats by the poacher to spill the beans over a drink to his friends at the pub and it wasn't until the preacher killed the poacher that the penny dropped. I really enjoyed the book although the narrator doesn't have a large repertoire of characters to draw.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-12-20

Beautiful yet difficult storyline

Second Benjamin Myers book I have read. The story is hard to read the subject matter tough. A sad tragic tale but having said that I'm glad I read it. Benjamin Myers tale pulls you along the characters vivid and strong. would highly recommend. The narrator is top drawer.