Mayfly Press imprint Moth Publishing has signed These Darkening Days, the new book from Benjamin Myers.
The publisher holds UK and US rights to the title.
The sequel to Turning Blue (Moth), These Darkening Days follows local journalist Roddy Mace and disgraced detective James Brindle as they investigate a series of vicious attacks that occur in their town.
The blurb reads: “As autumn draws in a series of unexplained vicious attacks occur in a small northern town renowned for being a bohemian backwater. As the national media descends, local journalist Roddy Mace attempts to tell the story, but finds the very nature of truth brought into question. He turns to disgraced detective James Brindle for help.
“When further attacks occur the shattered community becomes the focus of an accelerating media that favours immediacy over truth. Murder and myth collide in a folk-crime story about place, identity and the tangled lives of those who never leave.”
Myers' novel Beastings (Bluemoose) won the Portico Prize For Literature and a Northern Writers’ Award and was longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Pig Iron (Bluemoose) won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize and Richard (Picador) was selected as a Sunday Times book of the year. Turning Blue (Moth) was named Book of the Year 2016 by Loud And Quiet magazine, and his recent novel, The Gallows Pole (Bluemoose) has won the Roger Deakin Award. Foreign rights have been sold for both These Darkening Days and Turning Blue.
These Darkening Days will be published by Moth on 22nd September 2017.