Lord of the Flies

Awards:   Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
Author:   William Golding
Publisher:   Faber & Faber
Edition:   Export - Airside ed
ISBN:  

9780571200535


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   05 April 1999
Format:   Paperback
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Lord of the Flies


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Awards

  • Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
  • Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
  • Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
  • Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

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Originally published in 1954, William Golding's Lord of the Flies is one of the most disturbing and celebrated novels of modern times.A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. At first they revel in the freedom and celebrate the absence of grown-ups. Soon though, as the boys' fragile sense of order begins to collapse, their fears start to take on a sinister, primitive significance. Suddenly, the world of cricket, homework and adventure stories seems a long way away. The boys are faced with a more pressing reality - survival - and the appearance of a terrifying beast who haunts their dreams.

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Author:   William Golding
Publisher:   Faber & Faber
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Edition:   Export - Airside ed
Dimensions:   Width: 11.10cm , Height: 1.40cm , Length: 17.80cm
Weight:   0.132kg
ISBN:  

9780571200535


ISBN 10:   0571200532
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   05 April 1999
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Temporarily unavailable   Availability explained
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A fantasy is a singular- and singularly believable spellbinder, and within the framework of its premises- achieves a tremendous impetus and impact. During an atomic war, a group of boys aged from about six to twelve crash-land on an uninhabited tropical island. There Ralph, a responsible boy, is chosen chief- and a certain routine established; a fire is made and to be kept going as a signal, huts are to be built, and certain of the boys are to hunt wild pig?? But as the days pass in increasing discomfort, there is increasing dissension between them; the littluns are frightened by the untold terrors of the dark, and the fear of breasties and bogeys spreads; the duties are neglected; and the older boys, save Simon and Piggy and Samneric (twins) desert Ralph, appoint a new leader, and run amok hunting savagely. In their primitive regression, they feel they must propitiate the beast and a ritualistic dance precedes the murder of Simon; Piggy, his specs taken, falls to his death; and finally Ralph is left to face the pack when a cruiser lands- to rescue them all.... A first novel, originally conceived and convincingly sustained, this should find an audience as vulnerable as its young derelicts. The publishers parallel this- not without justification- with Richard Hughes' High Wind In Jamaica. (Kirkus Reviews)


Author Information

Author Website:   http://www.william-golding.co.uk/

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, submarines and aircraft. He was present at the sinking 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 Welcheren. 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

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Author Website:   http://www.william-golding.co.uk/

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