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The Inheritors

Golding favoured this work above all his others. Many have agreed that his account of the final defeat of the last Neanderthal individuals at the hands of the emergent human race is powerfully and above all consistently imagined. The triumphs and disasters of the future are tragically implicit in this evocation of the conquest of an earlier, gentler group by those who are - for good and ill -- our ancestors.

The Inheritors

Neanderthal skull and living human face

Golding's novel explores the encounter between Neanderthal humans and our species homo sapiens in a uniquely imaginative way. Recent work on the Neanderthal genome shows that it survives in some current populations and that 'we' are still a little bit 'them'.

Neanderthal links 'survive in us'.