The voice drew nearer.
'You could have saved us.'

Fire Down Below

Fire Down Below is the final volume of ‘A Sea Trilogy’.

A decrepit warship sails on the last stretch of its voyage to Sydney Cove. It has been blown off course and battered by wind, storm and ice. Nothing but rope holds the disintegrating hull together. And after a risky operation to reset its foremast with red-hot metal, an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks.

Judy takes 'A Sea Trilogy' to its poetic conclusion

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John Carey

Golding’s eventual biographer, John Carey, met Golding shortly after the publication of Fire Down Below and asked him if Edmund’s vision of the Prettimans at the end […]

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Social class

The theme of social class, and its effects, appears in many of Golding’s novels, including ‘The Sea Trilogy’ and Lord of the Flies.

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Golding’s Trojan War

This is a guest post by Arabella Currie. Arabella is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Exeter, researching Golding’s engagement with Classics. […]