William Golding

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, submarines and aircraft. He was present at the sinking of the Bismarck. He finished the war as a Lieutenant in command of a rocket ship, which was off the French coast for the D-day invasion, and later at the island of Welcheren. After the war he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and was there when his first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954. He gave up teaching in 1961. Lord of the Flies was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. He won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in the summer of 1993.

Books by William Golding

The Inheritors

Published: September 2015

A startling recreation of the lost world of the neanderthals, and a frightening vision of the beginnings of a new age.

Pincher Martin

Published: May 2015

Experience the wonder of the written word from some of the greatest writers of the modern age, with Faber Modern Classics. Featuring an afterword from Philippa Gregory.

The Paper Men

Published: January 2014

The classic Golding novel republished with a beautiful new jacket.

Darkness Visible

Published: January 2014

Set in the London Blitz, the classic novel by William Golding in a stunning new cover, and a new introduction.

The Spire

Published: January 2014

With an introduction by John Mullan

Rites of Passage

Published: December 2013

The classic novel from Golding's Sea Trilogy, now with a beautiful new cover.

Fire Down Below

Published: December 2013

The third volume of William Golding's acclaimed Sea Trilogy.

Close Quarters

Published: December 2013

The sequel to Golding's Booker-winning novel Rites of Passage.

Pincher Martin

Published: September 2013

From the author of Lord of the Flies, Pincher Martin is a terrifying and unforgettable journey into one man's mind.

The Pyramid

Published: September 2013

The Pyramid, widely considered to be Golding's funniest and most accessible novel, is now re-issued in a stunning new cover style.

The Scorpion God

Published: May 2013

A collection of three of William Golding's stories with an introduction by Craig Raine.

Free Fall

Published: May 2013

William Golding's fourth novel with an introduction by John Gray.

Double Tongue

Published: May 2013

An aged prophetess at Delphi, the most sacred oracle in ancient Greece, looks back over her strange life as the Pythia, the First Lady and voice of the god Apollo.

Lord of the Flies

Published: December 2012

A new educational edition, fully revised and updated with new material, and featuring artwork by the winner of the Faber/Guardian illustration competition.

The Inheritors

Published: August 2011

A startling recreation of the lost world of the neanderthals, and a frightening vision of the beginnings of a new age.

Lord of the Flies

Published: August 2011

William Goldings classic debut novel, republished to mark his centenary.

The Pyramid

Published: November 2010

Stunning repackaging for William Golding - winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Lord of the Flies

Published: August 2009

Martin Jarvis reads William Golding's classic novel in a major new unabridged recording.

Lord of the Flies

Published: August 2009

Beautiful new paperback Faber Firsts edition to commemorate Faber's 80th anniversary.

Lord of the Flies

Published: December 2006

First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics.

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