Under the Rock by Benjamin Myers (signed hardback first edition)


We are seriously impressed with the latest book by Benjamin Myers, one of Britain's most interesting writers. We're delighted to offer these hardback signed first editions for sale. 

Under the Rock concerns itself with Scout Rock. Carved from the land above Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire, Scout Rock is a steep crag overlooking wooded slopes and weed-tangled plateaus. To many it is unremarkable; to others it is a doomed place where 18th-century thieves hid out, where the town tip once sat, and where suicides leapt to their deaths. Its brooding form presided over the early years of Ted Hughes, who called Scout Rock ‘my spiritual midwife . . . both the curtain and backdrop to existence’.

Into this beautiful, dark and complex landscape steps Benjamin Myers, asking: are unremarkable places made remarkable by the minds that map them? Seeking a new life and ­finding solace in nature’s power of renewal, Myers excavates stories both human and elemental. The result is a lyrical and unflinching investigation into nature, literature, history, memory and the meaning of place in modern Britain.

This is what the critics said...

“Compelling … admirable and engrossing. Myers writes of the rain with a poet’s eye worthy of Hughes” – Erica Wagner, New Statesman

“Exceptionally engaging … beguiling … this is a startling, unclassifiable book” – Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman

"A bone-tingling book' - Richard Benson

... And this is what Ben Myers told The Quietus about the work: 

"My new book Under The Rock is a non-fictional excursion deep into the topography, mythology, poetry and people of a place - specifically the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. It’s about floods, nettles, anxiety, asbestosis, ruined farms, jawbones and skulls, ancient rocks, bluebells, swimming, wandering, looking. Daniel Defoe makes an appearance, as does Peter Sutcliffe, Sylvia Plath, Richard Brautigan, Barbara Hepworth, Gerard Winstanley and Daniel Craig.

I hope it is an alternative to some works within in the recent nature/place writing renaissance that have a tendency to romanticise the bucolic. In Under The Rock I consider the rural reality: drug problems, depression, industrial accidents alongside all that brings joy: fleeting glimpses of badgers, massages from waterfalls, bounding deer and the deadpan humour of Pennine pensioners."

Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited


Number of pages: 256

Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm