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Pincher Martin by William Golding

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With an introduction by Philippa Gregory and an arresting new cover Pincher Martin is a terrifying and unforgettable journey into one man’s mind as he is marooned on a grotesque small island in the North Atlantic.

These William Golding books have been re-published, with new covers and introductions from current authors, as part of the ongoing events marking the centenary of Golding’s birth in 1911.

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Pincher Martin by William Golding

This title comes with an introduction by Philippa Gregory. Drowning in the freezing North Atlantic, Christopher Hadley Martin, temporary lieutenant, happens upon a grotesque rock, an island that appears only on weather charts. To drink there is a pool of rain water; to eat there are weeds and sea anemones. Through the long hours with only himself to talk to, Martin must try to assemble the truth of his fate, piece by terrible piece. From the author of Lord of the Flies, Pincher Martin is a terrifying and unforgettable journey into one man's mind.


'The utmost inventiveness, assurance and power...Nor reader will soon forget the world it reveals.' Kingsley Amis

'Like a cold sweat, a day-mare, or going under gas...Prose more tightly packed, more jaggedly concrete, I can't imagine; and the shock ending ...is technical wizardry of the first order.' Kenneth Tynan, Observer

'Remarkably sustained imaginative intensity.' TLS

About the Author

William Golding

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. A now rare volume, Poems, appeared in 1934. 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. Golding listed his hobbies as music, chess, sailing, archaeology and classical Greek (which he taught himself). Many of these subjects appear in his essay collections The Hot Gates and A Moving Target. 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. The Double Tongue, a novel left in draft at his death, was published in June 1995.

Author photo © Mark Gerson

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1st August 2013


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Faber & Faber


240 pages


Literary Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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