Pig Iron is the story of a traveller who hasn’t travelled; a young man fighting for his surname and very survival. John-John wants to escape his past. But the legacy of the brutality left by his bare-knuckle boxing father, King of the Gypsies, Mac Wisdom, overshadows his life. As he attempts to trade prejudice, parole officers and local gangs for his ‘green cathedral’-the rural landscape in which he seeks solace- Mac’s rise and bloody downfall threatens to engulf John-John’s present.
Bluemoose Books is an independent publisher based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Kevin and Hetha Duffy started Bluemoose in 2006 and as a ‘family’ of readers and writers we’re passionate about the written word and stories. Stories are transformative and as publishers we delight in finding great new talent. We don’t have the heft of a London publishing house with the zillions of pounds to promote our writers but we do manage through innovative marketing to get our books into high street bookstores and reviewed in the national press. If you’re looking for orange headed celebrity books, you’ve probably come to the wrong place. But if you want brilliant stories that have travelled from Hebden Bridge, across the border into Lancashire, down to London across to Moscow, Sofia and Budapest and soon into the United States, then Bluemoose is the publisher for you. KING CROW by Michael Stewart won the Guardian’s NOT THE BOOKER in 2011 and was a recommended read for WORLD BOOK DAY 2012. We have sold the foreign rights to three of our book to Russian, Hungarian and Bulgarian publishers. Three of our books have also been The Guardian readers’ books of the year: KING CROW, GABRIEL’S ANGEL and PIG IRON. There are some great reviews of all our books on this site, so I do hope you get a chance to read them. Each and every book is scrubbed and polished until it shines and sent out with love and pride… and from the feedback we’re getting, it seems our readers like our books too.