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Lord of the Flies (Introduced by Stephen King)

William Golding

This dystopian classic is ‘exciting, relevant and thought-provoking’ (Stephen King). When a group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island, what could go wrong?

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William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is a dystopian classic: ‘exciting, relevant and thought-provoking’ (Stephen King). When a group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island, what could go wrong?

‘One of my favorite books – I read it every couple of years.’ Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day, they discover fantastic wildlife and dazzling beaches, learning to survive; at night, they are haunted by nightmares of a primitive beast. Orphaned by society, it isn’t long before their innocent childhood games devolve into a savage, murderous hunt …


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Critic Reviews

The first book with hands – strong ones that reached out of the pages and seized me by the throat. It said to me, ‘This is not just entertainment; it’s life or death.’ ... I’ve been thinking about it ever since, for fifty years and more.

Stephen King
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One of my favorite books - I read it every couple of years.

Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games
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Thrills me with all the power a fiction can have ... Exemplary.

Ian McEwan
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Violently real ... An apocalyptic novelist [who writes with] humanist rage and defiance.

Marlon James
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An existential fable backlit with death's incandescent glare.

Ben Okri
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A post-apocalyptic, dystopian survivor-fantasy ... [A novel] for all time ... A cult classic.'


William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential writers of modern times. Lord of the Flies, his first novel, has been read by millions, translated into more than forty-five languages, and adapted for screen and stage drama. He drew on his own experience as a teacher and his service in the…

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