Pincher Martin

by William Golding

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Pincher Martin Synopsis

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.

Pincher Martin Press Reviews

'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 technical wizardry of the first order.' Kenneth Tynan, Observer


'Remarkably sustained imaginative intensity.' TLS

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ISBN: 9780571298501
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571298501
Publication date: 1st August 2013
Author: William Golding
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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 ...

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