'We're wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions…
we're all mad'.

Darkness Visible

The struggle between good and evil is set in a modern context mixing terrorism with naive saintliness, sexuality, and incessant attempts to escape from the mundane. Matty, dreadfully maimed by fire, suffers and survives in a cruel world. He and the twins Sophie and Toni, who are equally maimed spiritually, move towards a climatic reckoning amid another fire.

Darkness Visible won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1979.

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Golding famously refused to discuss Darkness Visible, either in private, or in public. It was written after a long period of writer’s block, and the development of […]

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May 2019 News Round-up

Round-up of William Golding in the news in May 2019! Netflix’s new show, The Society, prompted comparisons with Lord of the Flies from all areas. The Financial Times reminded us […]