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27 – 30 September

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William Golding’s Legacy

September 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


‘Kill the pig, cut her throat, spill the blood.’
Is a nightmarish vision of society William Golding’s chief legacy?

The place of Lord of The Flies on the curriculum over the decades has ensured that Golding’s warnings about human instinct have reached millions. It has been filmed, re-written, drawn and generally parodied countless times.

Today much is made of a starkly divided society riven with envy, competitiveness and violence. Of course it’s all there in Golding’s micro-communities – the base savagery in Lord of The Flies, the fear of the ‘other’ in The Inheritors, the rigid hierarchy on board ship in Rites of Passage.
Golding’s daughter, Judy Carver, together with Nicola Presley, lecturer in English at Bath Spa University, will discuss just how pervasive Golding’s influence on popular culture has become.

2017 is the 50th anniversary of The Pyramid, Golding’s eminently readable novel set in a thinly disguised Marlborough. His relationship with our beautiful town was not generally a happy one. However, without the fears incubated growing up in the family home on The Green, Golding’s legacy would surely be poorer. We might be without such masterpieces as Lord of The Flies, Pincher Martin or Darkness Visible.


September 30, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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White Horse Bookshop
136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom