Ben Myers was born in Durham in 1976. He is the author of several works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. His writing has appeared in a number of publications including Melody Maker, NME, Mojo and the Guardian. He currently lives in rural Yorkshire. His work has been translated into seven languages and his short stories have appeared in dozens of print anthologies and underground publications. His novel Richard was published by Picador in 2010. His novel Pig Iron (Bluemoose, 2012) was runner-up in the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2012 and won the inaugural Gordon Burn prize in 2013.
Ben Myers is a novelist and journalist. His novel Richard - about music, madness and the Manic Street Preachers - was published by Picador in 2010. His latest novel is Pig Iron.
On publication of the paperback edition of Richard, author Ben Myers reflects on the events of the past year and shares with us some of the lessons he has learnt along the way...
Richard is a novel that is firmly rooted in the indie and alternative music scenes of the 1980s and early 1990s. To accompany it I have been asked to compile a selection of music heard in scenes throughout the book, or which could perhaps could be played while reading the book.
The reviews have been coming in for Ben Myers' stunning novel, Richard, and it's creating quite a storm. We've selected the best of them for you to read here.
My novel Richard is just as inspired by works of fiction as it is fact, yet it is impossible to spend years working as a music critic and not become obsessed with books about the subject. Rock writing is a modern form of myth-making and here are some of the best examples...
'Compiling this piece I've realised that my office looks like the domain of a far older person. Or the attic of a dead man, perhaps.' By Ben Myers
Ben Myers, author of Richard, gives us a run-down of his personal A to Z, from Atheism to Zoos, the 'saddest places on Earth'.
Ben Myers' new novel, Richard, charts the rise of the Manic Street Preachers from their formation in 1986 to the disappearance of their guitarist Richey Edwards in February 1995. Here, Ben has compiled his top 10 songs by the band during the era that the book covers...