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A Moving Target

Golding's second collection of essays now includes his Nobel Prize lecture, in which he --conscious that he had for a unique moment a special audience - used the opportunity to plead for humanity to see the beauty and wonder of life on earth, and to save it. The collection also contains his two essays on Ancient Egypt and its legacy. In 'Belief and Creativity', he gives a profound insight into theory and practice as a writer. He writes also of his 'Affection for Cathedrals', his fascination with journals and diaries, his unexpected journeys. In his essay 'A Moving Target', he tackles a subject which vexed him, and which eventually had a role in his novel The Paper Men: the connection -- and the conflict -- between the role of the critic and that of the writer.

John Carey's new biography of William Golding

John Carey

Drawing almost entirely on materials that have never before been made public, John Carey, the distinguished writer and critic, sheds new light on Golding. Through hundreds of letters, unpublished works and Golding's intimate journals, Carey draws a revelatory and definitive portrait of an extraordinary man. In an absorbing and compelling narrative, he reveals a many-sided figure: a war-hero, a reclusive depressive who considered himself a 'monster', a family man, a victim of fears and phobias who battled against alcoholism, and a writer who trusted the imagination above all things.

Follow the link below to hear 'audio snippets' where Carey reads from his highly praised new biography.

William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies