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William Golding

Official website of the author of Lord of the Flies

Awarded both the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and the coveted Booker Prize in 1980, William Golding's writing continues to touch every country in the world and is today read in more than 35 languages. He was knighted by the Queen in 1988, and his you-must-have-read-this classic novel Lord of the Flies is a global phenomenon.

Meet the author

William Golding

Sir William Golding (1911-1993) is the author of more than a dozen novels, as well as a stage play, short stories, essays, travel writing, poetry and extensive and as yet unpublished journals (1971-1993).

'Gaia' Hypothesis

Earthrise from Moon by Apollo 11

'Gaia' was the name suggested by Golding for James Lovelock's hypothesis that the earth's biosphere is a self-regulating entity. The noted scientist and inventor always credits his friend and walking companion.

A Glittering Prize

Nobel Prize Presentation

Pictured (far left) at the Nobel Ceremony is Charles Monteith (1921-1995), who picked Lord of the Flies off the 'reject' pile at Faber & Faber, along with Lady (Ann) Golding and the Queen and King of Sweden.