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'They defile the church'.
'At least they don't destroy it'.

The Spire

‘There were three sorts of people. Those who ran, those who stayed, and those who were built in’.

Set in medieval England, The Spire tells the story of one man’s vision – the construction of an enormous spire onto a cathedral without foundations.  Believing himself to be chosen by God, Jocelin, Dean of the Cathedral, insists that the spire must rise higher and higher, despite the singing pillars and the creeping ground.

Told with an inventive narration that reflects Jocelin’s ever-increasing madness, The Spire is an astonishing portrait of obsession, betrayal, and arrogance. Jocelin’s vision produces terrible consequences for those around him; the human ‘cost’ of one man’s folly.

The novel has been recorded by Benedict Cumberbatch as an audiobook.

‘Quite simply, a marvel’. – Frank Kermode

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Introducing The Spire

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The Spire read by Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch provides the narration for the first ever unabridged audiobook of The Spire. Cumberbatch is exceptional in portraying Dean Jocelin’s descent into madness, and brings […]

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Religion

Religion is a theme in many of Golding’s novels, including The Inheritors, The Spire and Darkness Visible.

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April 2019 News Round-up

Round-up of William Golding in the news in April 2019! The tragic fire at Notre Dame prompted a number of articles about Golding’s The Spire, a […]