Book of the Month – April 2021

Male Tears by Benjamin Myers

Our April choice is Male Tears by Benjamin Myers

"Moving fast and deadly, the stories in Male Tears carry us from bleak farms to lonely reservoirs and snowbound woods. Benjamin Myers writes sentences with a charging pulse and the account they give of masculinity is a bloody one, stripped of romance and larded with wit” –  Chris Power.


From the acclaimed author of bestseller The Offing comes a debut collection of short stories investigating modern masculinity in all its many and varied forms. Bringing together over fifteen years of work, Benjamin Myers lays bare the male psyche in all its fragility, complexity and failure, its hubris and forbidden tenderness. Farmers, fairground workers and wandering pilgrims, gruesome gamekeepers, bare-knuckle boxers and ex-cons with secret passions, the men that populate these unsettling, wild and wistful stories form a multi-faceted, era-spanning portrait of just what it means to be a man.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH LIVE Q&A with Benjamin Myers talking to Laura Bates took place on Tuesday 27 April 2021, 7pm

Watch again below or on Hay Player.

Further reading

"I got a taste for the macabre early on"

Twenty Questions with Benjamin Myers

About the author

Benjamin Myers was born in Durham and lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. His novels include, The Offing , The Gallows Pole (2017 Bluemoose, 2019 Bloomsbury) which won the Walter Scott Prize. Beastings (2014 Bluemoose, 2019 Bloomsbury) won The Portico Prize and the Northern Writers’ Award. Pig Iron (2012 Bluemoose, 2019 Bloomsbury) won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize. Richard (Picador 2010) was a bestseller and a Sunday Times book of the year. The term folk crime, was coined to describe his titles; Turning Blue and These Darkening Days, both orginally with Moth but forthcoming with Bloomsbury Raven. His novella Snorri and Frosti will be published as part of a new collection of his short stories with Bloomsbury, entitled Male Tears. He has received the Tom Gallon Prize for his short fiction.  Poetry collections include The Raven of Jorvikshire and Heathcliff Adrift.  His journalism has appeared in publications including, the New Statesman, the Guardian, NME, BBC, Caught by the River and others.

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