Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

ISBN
9780571191475
Published
03/03/1997
9780571191475
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
240

About the Book

ONE OF THE BBC'S 'NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD'

A group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island: what could go wrong? William Golding's brutal exposure of human savagery is not only a modern classic, but more relevant today than ever.

A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.

As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, their childish fears are transformed into something deeper and more primitive. Their games take on a horrible significance - and before long the well-behaved party of schoolboys has devolved into a tribe of murderous savages.

First published in 1954, William Golding's Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated of all modern novels.

ONE OF THE BBC'S 'NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD'A group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island: what could go wrong? William Golding's brutal exposure of human savagery is not only a modern classic, but more relevant today than ever. A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, their childish fears are transformed into something deeper and more primitive. Their games take on a horrible significance - and before long the well-behaved party of schoolboys has devolved into a tribe of murderous savages.First published in 1954, William Golding's Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated of all modern novels.
  • William Golding

    William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. A now rare volume, Poems, appeared in 1934. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, and also took part in the pursuit of the Bismarck. He finished the war as a Lieutenant in command of a rocket ship, which was off the French coast for the D-Day invasion, and later at the island of Walcheren.

    After the war he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and was there when his first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954. He gave up teaching in 1961. Lord of the Flies was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. Golding listed his hobbies as music, chess, sailing, archaeology and classical Greek (which he taught himself). Many of these subjects appear in his essay collections The Hot Gates and A Moving Target.

    He won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in the summer of 1993. The Double Tongue, a novel left in draft at his death, was published in June 1995.

    In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

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