William Golding - novelist, playwright and poet - was born 19th September 1911, in Cornwall, England. Best know for his novel, Lord of the Flies, published by Faber and Faber, 1954. Initially not successful, it became a best-seller in the sixties, and a popular choice for set reading in schools and colleges.
19/09/19 - 10/06/93
This book is a psychological and sociological experience about isolation. Educated boys form groups to perform tasks such as hunting and fire lighting, and rules are created. Paradise becomes a threat when fear emerges in the form of the 'beast.' Basic life breaks down into primitive savagery.
My remembered character, Piggy, is a wonderfully flawed character in many ways, but one that keeps the characters and story in check, I think. The sensible 'adult' figure amongst the groups trying to get his voice heard.