Considered by some to be one of Golding's best, this book needs to be read more than once. Through its narrator's search for the point at which he lost his freedom -by implication, the freedom to be good - the novel strikes the reader most forcibly in its terrible demonstration of how we are born to hurt each other - and ourselves. A love story in which hate and cruelty play their parts, the narrative cycles back and forth through time in a series of spell-binding, concretely imagined episodes. 'People are the walls of our room, not philosophies.'
John Carey's new biography of William Golding
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 Through hundreds of letters, unpublished works and Golding's intimate journals, Carey draws a revelatory and definitive portrait of an extraordinary man.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