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Black & White signs up historic novel based on a queer past erased by history

Black & White Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK, is to publish Murray Hall, a novel by Milo Clenshaw and Vicky Allan based on the life of the eponymous historical figure.

World rights were acquired directly from the authors by Ali McBride, publishing director at Black & White.

It’s 1901 and the famous New York politico, womanizer and gambler Murray Hall has been pronounced dead. He lived a high-profile life in the public eye, but when the press breaks the news of his death, they reveal a side to his identity he never wanted known, a secret no one has guessed. And the truth will rock New York when they discover that Murray Hall has been buried as a woman. 

Following Murray Hall’s journey from the tenements of Glasgow to the realms of the New York elite, we find the definition of a self-made man. Yet the higher his status rose, the higher the chances of his true identity being discovered became. Inspired by an incredible true story, Murray Hall tells of an extraordinary rise to political success, achieved against all odds. 

Ali McBride said: “Milo and Vicky have created a tremendous historical novel about a fascinating life, thoroughly researched and carefully detailed. It’s a brilliant jigsaw puzzle which they so effectively piece together to tell the story of this compelling and important historical figure.”

Milo Clenshaw is a curator and writer based in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. He currently works as the Programme Assistant for Alchemy Film & Arts, the home of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland’s festival of experimental film. His work aims to centre marginalised voices and he believes in art as a powerful tool for social change.

Vicky Allan is a journalist who writes chiefly about the environ­ment (and especially watery issues) for the Glasgow Herald. She is also the author of a book about the menopause, co-authored with television star Kaye Adams, titled Still Hot! and a creepy cat novel, Stray.

Murray Hall will be published on 25 April 2024.