The dystopian classic, introduced by Stephen King. When a group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island, what could go wrong?
ONE OF THE BBC'S '100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD'
'The first book with hands - strong ones that reached out of the pages and seized me by the throat. It said to me, 'This is not just entertainment; it's life or death.' ... I've been thinking about it ever since, for fifty years and more.' Stephen King
'One of my favorite books - I read it every couple of years.' Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games
What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages? What's grown-ups going to think? Going off-hunting pigs-letting fires out-and now!
A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day, they explore the dazzling beaches, gorging fruit, seeking shelter, and ripping off their uniforms to swim in the lagoon. At night, in the darkness of the jungle, they are haunted by nightmares of a primitive beast. Orphaned by society, they must forge their own; but it isn't long before their innocent games devolve into a murderous hunt ...
'Thrills me with all the power a fiction can have ... Exemplary.' Ian McEwan
'An existential fable backlit with death's incandescent glare.' Ben Okri
'Violently real ... An apocalyptic novelist [who writes with] humanist rage and defiance.' Marlon James
'Beautifully written, tragic and provocative.' E. M. Forster
'A fragment of nightmare.'New Statesman
'A post-apocalyptic, dystopian survivor-fantasy ... [A novel] for all time ... A cult classic.' Guardian
'Stands out mightily ... Such a strong statement about the human heart.' Patricia Cornwell
'Terrifying and haunting.' Kingsley Amis
What readers are saying:
'Every real human being should read this ... This is what we are.'
'It's brilliant, it's captivating, it's thought provoking and brutal and for some, its truly terrifying.'
'It can be read and re-read many times, and every time something new will appear.'
'There is a reason why this is studied at school ... Excellent read.'
'This is one of the few books I've read that I keep on my Kindle to read again.'
'I revisit this every few years and it's always fresh and impressive ... One of the best books I've ever read.'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After reading his young sons tons of children’s adventure stories, author William Golding asked himself: What would really happen if a group of boys were marooned on an island? To answer the question, Golding drew on his experiences teaching unruly boys in the classroom and fighting in World War II. The result is a dark, fascinating thought experiment in human nature that’s become a cultural touchstone. The novel’s layers of symbolism make it ripe for classroom study, but older readers will find even more resonance in these pages, as history plays itself out in miniature. The fact that Golding’s vision feels so believable makes it even more chilling.
William Golding's Lord of the Flies is now available in a newly remastered, re-released audiobook edition from Listening Library, performed by the author. This audio update of the classic YA novel about the struggles of a group of British schoolboys stranded on a desert island comes 48 years after the print version first appeared in 1954 and 26 years after Golding was first recorded reading the book.
I am reading this book for school work and have been enjoying it a lot! You have to use your imagination with the characters and setting, it's a brilliant book for all ages. It can be a bit gruesome in some places but nothing too horrific. Over all a great book about adventure and human behaviour and how it can change.
Re read to help my eldest through his GCSE English. Very descriptive tale. Well written. I liked it.