Topic: Gallows Pole - Ben Myers
Raved about this lad on here before; think he lives in Mytholmroyd. Seriously good writer.
This one's about the Cragg Vale Coiners; mob of late 18Century likely lads who got involved in 'clipping' - trimming the edges off genuine coins, melting them down and knocking out forgeries.
Myers paints a bleak picture of the landscape of the time; in terms of how folk lived, and how then, as now, if the fuckers in charge are out to get you, they'll get you. Highly recommended.