New Release Books by William Golding

William Golding is the author of Lord of the Flies (2016), The Spire (2013), Close Quarters (2013), Fire Down Below (2013), Darkness Visible (2013) and other 330 books.

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Lord of the Flies

release date: Nov 15, 2016
Lord of the Flies
William Golding’s unforgettable classic of boyhood adventure and the savagery of humanity comes to Penguin Classics in a stunning Graphic Deluxe Edition with a new foreword by Lois Lowry As provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, Lord of the Flies continues to ignite passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary boys marooned on a coral island has been labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, and even a vision of the apocalypse. But above all, it has earned its place as one of the indisputable classics of the twentieth century for readers of any age. This Penguin Classics Graphic Deluxe Edition features an array of special features to supplement the novel, including a foreword by Lois Lowry, an introduction by Stephen King, an essay by E. M. Forster, an essay on teaching and reading the novel and suggestions for further exploration by scholar Jennifer Buehler, and an extended note by E. L. Epstein, the publisher of the first American paperback edition of Lord of the Flies. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Spire

release date: Nov 05, 2013
The Spire
Succumb to one churchman''s apocalyptic vision in this prophetic tale by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies, William Golding (recorded by Benedict Cumberbatch as an audiobook). There were three sorts of people. Those who ran, those who stayed, and those who were built in. Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire. His master builder fearfully advises against it, for the old cathedral was miraculously built without foundations. But Jocelin is obsessed with fashioning his prayer in stone. As his halo of hair grows wilder and his dark angel darker, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, watched over by the gargoyles - until the stone pillars shriek, the earth beneath creeps, and the spire''s shadow falls like an axe on the medieval world below ... ''Astounding ... So recklessly beautiful, so sad and so strange ... Holds such a place in my soul that it''s more or less a sacred text.'' Sarah Perry ''A kind of miracle ... Genius.'' Guardian ''Quite simply, a marvel.'' NYRB ''Superb ... A classic.'' Rebecca West ''A master fabulist .. An iconoclast.'' John Fowles ''A visionary ... His masterwork [of] faith, folly and desperate desire ... Golding at his best.'' Benjamin Myers

Close Quarters

release date: Nov 05, 2013
Close Quarters
The second volume of William Golding''s Sea Trilogy In a wilderness of heat, stillness and sea mists, a ball is held on a ship becalmed halfway to Australia. In this surreal, fte-like atmosphere the passengers dance and flirt, while beneath them thickets of weed like green hair spread over the hull. The sequel to Rites of Passage, Close Quarters, the second volume in Golding''s acclaimed sea trilogy, is imbued with his extraordinary sense of menace. Half-mad with fear, with drink, with love and opium, everyone on this leaky, unsound hulk is ''going to pieces''. And in a nightmarish climax the very planks seem to twist themselves alive as the ship begins to come apart at the seams.

Fire Down Below

release date: Nov 05, 2013
Fire Down Below
The third volume of William Golding''s 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. Little but rope holds the disintegrating hull together. And after a risky operation to reset its foremast, an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks.

Darkness Visible

release date: Nov 05, 2013
Darkness Visible
The destinies of three mysterious lost children entwine in this James Tait Black Memorial Prize-winning fable by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies. A figure had condensed out of the shuddering backdrop of the glare. He is born in fire: a naked child in the blood-red flames of London''s Blitz. Miraculously saved but grotesquely burned, this mysterious orphan is named Matty. Doomed to a life of torment, he becomes a wanderer, a spiritual seeker after unknown redemption. They are also lost children: neglected twins, as exquisitely beautiful as they are loveless and sinful. Toni explores political terrorism; Sophy, sexual dominance and violent criminality. But their destinies will soon collide in an apocalyptic climax - one that illuminates the inner and outer darkness of modern humanity. ''Exceptional ... Irresistibly transcendent ... Golding seduces us. He transfixes, bewitches and confounds us.'' Nicola Barker ''Extraordinary ... A hallucinatory, incantatory force ... The most powerful, and strangest, of all Golding''s novels, and one of the great masterpieces of the twentieth-century English novel.'' Philip Hensher ''A master craftsman in his particular sort of magic ... Golding''s best book ... Wonderfully creepy ... A remarkable achievement.'' London Review of Books ''A vision of elemental reality so vivid we seem to hallucinate the scenes ... Magic.'' New York Times Book Review ''An intensity of vision without parallel.'' TLS ''One of the most moving books I''ve ever read.'' The Times ''Brilliantly spooky ... Written with great insight and a surprising humour, it is a thorough pleasure.'' Atlantic Monthly

Rites of Passage

release date: Nov 05, 2013
Rites of Passage
The first volume of William Golding''s Sea Trilogy. Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks. Then a single passenger, the obsequious Reverend Colley, attracts the animosity of the sailors, and in the seclusion of the fo''castle something happens to bring him into a ''hell of degradation'', where shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself.

The Paper Men

release date: Nov 05, 2013
The Paper Men
Fame, success, fortune, a drink problem slipping over the edge into alcoholism, a dead marriage, the incurable itches of middle-aged lust. For Wilfred Barclay, novelist, the final unbearable irritation is Professor Rick L. Tucker, implacable in his determination to become The Barclay Man. Locked in a lethal relationship they stumble across Europe, shedding wives, self-respect and illusions. The climax of their odyssey, when it comes, is as inevitable as it is unexpected.

The Pyramid

release date: Aug 01, 2013
The Pyramid
Oliver is eighteen and wants to enjoy himself before going to university. But this is the 1920s and he lives in Stilbourne, a small English country town where everyone knows what everyone else is getting up to, and where love, lust and rebellion are closely followed by revenge and embarrassment.

Pincher Martin

release date: Aug 01, 2013
Pincher Martin
Experience a shipwrecked sailor''s psychic disintegration into ''a naked madman on a rock'' by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies. An hour on this rock is a lifetime. Glistening limpets. The claws of a lobster. Wild tangles of seaweed. Slowly, his eyes open. Everywhere, there is sea. Only this jagged peak interrupts the vast expanse of the Atlantic: a tooth in a gaping jaw. But he will survive. Rainwater can be drunk; anemones eaten. He dries his oilskin beneath the screaming gulls, and discovers his papers: Christopher Hadley Martin, TY. Lieut., R.N.V.R. Weathering lightning strikes of memory, he must now reconstruct his fate - piece by terrible piece. ''Devastating ... Violently real ... The unique kind of novel that compels you to reread it.'' Marlon James ''Wizardry of the first order.'' Observer ''Terrifying . Magnificently original.'' Sylvia Plath ''An amazing tour de force ... A blow-by-blow struggle for survival.'' Stephen Spender ''Immense ... To read it is to undergo a shattering and memorable experience.'' Kingsley Amis ''A master fabulist ... An iconoclast.'' John Fowles

An Egyptian Journal

release date: Jul 18, 2013
An Egyptian Journal
A first-hand journal about the Goldings'' travels through Egypt, soon after winning the Nobel Prize, living on a motor cruiser on the Nile. Nothing went quite as planned, but William Golding''s vivid and honest account of what actually happened, and of what he saw and felt about ancient Egypt and the exasperations of the living present, will delight his innumerable admirers and everyone who visits Egypt. ''One of the funniest anti-travel books I have ever read.'' Daily Telegraph ''No previous book brings you so close to Golding the man. It bulges with abstruse knowledge . . . and is often screamingly funny . . . Hugely enjoyable.'' The Times

Moving Target

release date: May 02, 2013
Moving Target
An important and illuminating collection of essays and lectures by the winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize for Literature. William Golding writes about places as diverse as Wiltshire, where he lived for over half a century, Dutch waterways, Delphi, Egypt ancient and modern, and planet Earth herself. Other essays discuss books and ideas, and provide a fascinating background to the appreciate Golding''s own writing and imagination. Includes Golding''s Nobel Speech. ''Golding come through this collection as reserved and wary, but delightful . . . His writing is a joy.'' Sunday Times

The Scorpion God

release date: Apr 01, 2013
The Scorpion God
The three short novels in this collection, The Scorpion God, show Golding at his playful, ironic and mysterious best. In ''The Scorpion God'' we see the world of ancient Egypt at the time of the earliest Pharaohs. ''Clonk Clonk'' is a graphic account of a crippled youth''s triumph over his tormentors in a primitive matriarchal society. And ''Envoy Extraordinary'' is a tale of Imperial Rome where the emperor loves his illegitimate grandson more than his own arrogant, loutish heir.

The Double Tongue

release date: Mar 21, 2013
The Double Tongue
With an introduction by Meg Rosoff William Golding''s final novel, left in draft at his death, tells the story of a priestess of Apollo. Arieka is one of the last to prophesy at Delphi, in the shadowy years when the Romans were securing their grip on the tribes and cities of Greece. The plain, unloved daughter of a local grandee, she is rescued from the contempt and neglect of her family by her Delphic role. Her ambiguous attitude to the god and her belief in him seem to move in parallel with the decline of the god himself - but things are more complicated than they appear. ''A remarkable work ... A compelling storyteller as well as a clear-eyed philosopher of the dangerous puzzles of being human.'' The Times ''A wonderful central character. The story stretches out as clean and dry and clear as the beach in Lord of the Flies.'' Independent ''Feline, deadpan and at moments hilarious.'' Observer

Lord of the Flies : Text , Criticism , Giossary and Notes

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Lord of the Flies : Text , Criticism , Giossary and Notes
The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon. Though he had taken off his school sweater and trailed it now from one hand, his grey shirt stuck to him and his hair was plastered to his forehead. All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. He was clambering heavily among the creepers and broken trunks when a bird, a vision of red and yellow, flashed upwards with a witch-like cry; and this cry was echoed by another.

The Inheritors

release date: Mar 15, 2012
The Inheritors
Hunt, trek, and feast among Neanderthals in this stunning novel by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies. This was a different voice; not the voice of the people. It was the voice of other. When spring comes, the people leave their winter cave, foraging for honey, grubs, and the hot richness of a deer''s brain. They awaken the fire to heat their naked bodies, lay down their thorn bushes, and share pictures in their minds. But strange things are happening: inexplicable scents and sounds. Unimaginable beasts are half-glimpsed in the forest; upright creatures of bone-faces and deerskins. What the people don''t know is that their day is already over ... ''Extraordinary ... Genius ... Remarkable in the literature of the twentieth century.'' Ben Okri ''A stun gun to read ... Truly a masterpiece.'' Monique Roffey ''An earthquake in the petrified forests of the English novel.'' Arthur Koestler ''An astonishing, underrated novel.'' Robert MacFarlane ''Beautiful, powerful ... A visionary dream . Shakespearean.'' Ted Hughes ''A master fabulist, and a brilliantly creative interpreter of remote history ... An iconoclast.'' John Fowles ''A tour de force ... Genius.'' Daily Telegraph ''Alarming, eye-opening, desolating, mind-invading and unique.'' New Statesman

Lord of the Flies Centenary Edition

release date: Nov 01, 2011
Lord of the Flies Centenary Edition
The classic novel by William Golding With a new Introduction by Stephen King "To me Lord of the Flies has always represented what novels are for, what makes them indispensable." -Stephen King Golding''s classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature remains as provocative today as when it was first published. This beautiful new edition features French flaps and rough fronts, making it a must-have for fans of this seminal work. William Golding''s compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible. Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger''s The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.

To the Ends of the Earth

release date: Oct 31, 2006
To the Ends of the Earth
To the Ends of the Earth, William Golding''s great sea trilogy, presents the extraordinary story of a warship''s s journall - with equal measure of wit and disdain - it records the mounting tensions and growing misfortunes aboard the ancient ship. An instant maritime classic, and one of Golding''s finest achievements, the trilogy was adapted into a major three-part Mastpiece Theatre drama in 2006.

The Brass Butterfly

release date: Jul 31, 2014
The Brass Butterfly
Commissioned by the leading actor Alastair Sim (1900-1976) The Brass Butterfly was Golding''s only original stage play. Starring Sim himself, and also the popular actor George Cole, it opened for a provincial pre-West End run in Oxford in early 1958 and premiered at the Strand Theatre in London in April. In his biography of Golding, John Carey describes it as ''a comic scherzo'' dealing with the conflict between science and religion, transposed to the Greco-Roman world of antiquity.
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