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Books by William Golding

  • Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    Product Code: AFDNW
    Paperback
    "Lord of the Flies" is a novel that has captivated schoolchildren ever since it was first published in 1954. A teacher himself, Golding clearly understood what excites and interests children. It is not only a gripping story, with strong, sympathetic characters, but it also raises timeless and profound questions. Part of its lasting appeal, particularly in schools, surely arises from the way it tackles universal issues. The novel is a catalyst for thought-provoking discussion and analysis, not only concerning the capabilities of humans for good and evil and the fragility of moral inhibition, but beyond. The boys' struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. All of these concerns are current today and can be easily related to the novel through effective teaching and learning. This new educational edition encourages original and independent thought from students, as well as guiding them through the text. The introductory material includes a biographical section on William Golding as well as providing information about the novel's historical context, which will be ideal for students completing GCSE and A-Level courses. At the end of the text there are chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points and activities plus a glossary of less familiar words or phrases. This new edition includes William Golding's essay on "Lord of the Flies", "Fable". All of these are intended to inspire and generate creative teaching, learning and love of the novel.
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  • Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    Product Code: AAASQ
    Paperback 14 years +
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    Classic, challenging, controversial, iconic, dazzling... There are just not enough adjectives to describe William Golding's classic 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies.

    Telling the story of a group of boys who are stranded on an uninhabited island after a plane crash, the book offers a commentary on society that still stands up today, posing many questions about how we live...

    After setting up a community on the island, cracks do not take long to appear. The boys' primal urges take over and all memories of home and family vanish as they become excited by pig hunts and regress into a primitive, dangerous way of life...

    This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber.
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  • Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    Product Code: BHTPR
    Audio
    A plane crashes on a desert 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, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. First published in 1954, "Lord of the Flies" is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics.
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  • The Pyramid

    William Golding

    Product Code: BCYLJ
    Paperback
    Oliver is eighteen and wants to enjoy himself before going to university. But this is the 1920s and he lives in Stilbourne, a small English country town where everyone knows what everyone else is getting up to, and where love, lust and rebellion are closely followed by revenge and embarrassment.
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  • To the Ends of the Earth

    William Golding

    Product Code: ATOHL
    Paperback
    This is a new one-volume edition of this classic sequence of sea novels set in the early nineteenth century, about a voyage from England to Australia. "Rites of Passage" (Winner of the Booker Prize): "The work of a master at the full stretch of his age and wisdom". ("The Times"). "Close Quarters": "A feat of imaginative reconstruction, as vivid as a dream". ("Daily Mail"). "Fire Down Below": "Laden to the waterline with a rich cargo of practicalities and poetry, pain and hilarity, drama and exaltation". ("Sunday Times").
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  • Pincher Martin

    William Golding

    Product Code: ASZZV
    Paperback
    Drowning in the freezing North Atlantic, Christopher Hadley Martin, temporary lieutenant, happens upon a grotesque rock, an island that appears only on weather charts. To drink there is a pool of rain water; to eat there are weeds and sea anemones. Through the long hours with only himself to talk to, Martin must try to assemble the truth of his fate, piece by terrible piece.
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  • Pincher Martin

    William Golding

    Product Code: AMXSD
    Paperback
    Christopher Martin, the sole survivor of a torpedoed destroyer, is stranded upon a rock in the middle of the Atlantic. Pitted against him are the sea, the sun, the night cold and the terror of his isolation. To drink there is a pool of rain water; to eat there are weeds and sea anemones. Through the long hours with only himself to talk to, Martin must try to assemble the truth of his fate, piece by terrible piece. While most readers are aware of William Golding as the writer of Lord of the Flies, it is Pincher Martin, his third novel, that speaks most directly to contemporary readers. This shocking, unusual bullet of a book is the definitive survival novel and has an ending that is guaranteed to leave you reeling.
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  • Rites of Passage

    William Golding

    Product Code: AIHDI
    Paperback
    This title comes with an introduction by Robert McCrum. This is the first volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy. Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks. Then a single passenger, the obsequious Reverend Colley, attracts the animosity of the sailors, and in the seclusion of the fo'castle something happens to bring him into a 'hell of degradation', where shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself. "The work of a master at the full stretch of his age and wisdom - necessary, provoking, urgent, rich, complex and rare". (The Times). "An extraordinary novel". (Observer). "Golding's best and most accessible story since Lord of the Flies". (Melvyn Bragg).
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  • The Spire

    William Golding

    Product Code: AIGVV
    Paperback
    Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. His mason anxiously advises against it, for the old cathedral was built without foundations. Nevertheless, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, until the stone pillars shriek and the ground beneath it swims. Its shadow falls ever darker on the world below, and on Dean Jocelin in particular. From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Spire is a dark and powerful portrait of one man's will, and the folly that he creates.
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  • Close Quarters

    William Golding

    Product Code: AIGLV
    Paperback
    This title comes with an introduction by Ronald Blythe. This is the second volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy. In a wilderness of heat, stillness and sea mists, a ball is held on a ship becalmed halfway to Australia. In this surreal, fete-like atmosphere the passengers dance and flirt, while beneath them thickets of weed like green hair spread over the hull. The sequel to Rites of Passage, Close Quarters, the second volume in Golding's acclaimed sea trilogy, is imbued with his extraordinary sense of menace. Half-mad with fear, with drink, with love and opium, everyone on this leaky, unsound hulk is 'going to pieces'. And in a nightmarish climax the very planks seem to twist themselves alive as the ship begins to come apart at the seams. "It tells an utterly absorbing tale, in language of immense force and subtlety". (Financial Times). "No living writer has represented the fragility of man's experience so marvellously as Golding". (AS Byatt). "A stunning piece of writing, as exciting as any thriller". (Sunday Times).
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  • Fire Down Below

    William Golding

    Product Code: AIGLU
    Paperback
    This title comes with an introduction by Victoria Glendinning. This is the third volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy. A decrepit warship sails on the last stretch of its voyage to Sydney Cove. It has been blown off course and battered by wind, storm and ice. Nothing but rope holds the disintegrating hull together. And after a risky operation to reset its foremast with red-hot metal, an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks. "A tour de force...A historical novel that defies all the hazards of that form and becomes a persuasive adventure, love story and allegory, as serious as it is entertaining". (Penelope Lively, Daily Telegraph). "The best novel I've read this year...The language fizzes and spits". (DM Thomas, Daily Telegraph). "Golding's evocation of the ship is so good that this book induces sea-sickness". (Victoria Glendinning, The Times).
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  • The Paper Men

    William Golding

    Product Code: AIGLT
    Paperback
    Fame, success, fortune, a drink problem slipping over the edge into alcoholism, a dead marriage, the incurable itches of middle-aged lust. For Wilfred Barclay, novelist, the final unbearable irritation is Professor Rick L. Tucker, implacable in his determination to become The Barclay Man. Locked in a lethal relationship they stumble across Europe, shedding wives, self-respect and illusions. The climax of their odyssey, when it comes, is as inevitable as it is unexpected.
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  • Darkness Visible

    William Golding

    Product Code: AIGLS
    Paperback
    This title comes with an introduction by Philip Hensher. Darkness Visible opens at the height of the London Blitz, when a naked child steps out of an all-consuming fire. Miraculously saved but hideously scarred, soon tormented at school and at work, Matty becomes a wanderer, a seeker after some unknown redemption. Two more lost children await him, twins as exquisite as they are loveless. Toni dabbles in political violence; Sophy, in sexual tyranny. As Golding weaves their destinies together, his book reveals both the inner and outer darkness of our world. "An intensity of vision without parallel". (TLS). "A vision of elemental reality so vivid we seem to hallucinate the scenes...Magic". (New York Times Book Review).
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  • Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    Product Code: AGMDO
    Paperback 14 years +
    First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is now recognised as a classic, one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern novels. This edition, which includes an introduction and notes by Ian Gregor and Mark Kinkead-Weekes, meets the demand for its use in schools and its prescription by numerous examining boards. In compiling the notes they have borne in mind the needs of younger readers not only in this country but overseas.
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  • Free Fall

    William Golding

    Product Code: AGEVE
    Paperback
    Somehow, somewhere, Sammy Mountjoy lost his freedom, the faculty of freewill 'that cannot be debated but only experienced, like a colour or the taste of potatoes'. As he retraces his life in an effort to discover why he no longer has the power to choose and decide for himself, the narrative moves between England and a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. In "Free Fall", his fourth novel, William Golding has created a poetic fiction, and an allegory, as moving as it is unforgettable.
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