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The Pyramid by William Golding, Penelope Lively

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Considered to be Golding’s funniest and most accessible novel The Pyramid has been re-published with a modern and distinctive cover and an introduction from author Penelope Lively. In small, rural, 1920’s Stilbourne eighteen year old Oliver’s plans to enjoy himself before heading off to university lead to some tragically comical consequences.

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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The Pyramid by William Golding, Penelope Lively

This title comes with an introduction by Penelope Lively. 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. Written with great perception and subtlety, The Pyramid is William Golding's funniest and most light-hearted novel, probing the painful awkwardness of the late teens, the tragedy and farce of life in a small community and the consoling power of music.


'Golding depicts with subtle skill all the pains of growing up and growing old. He treats us to some superb comic episodes.' Daily Telegraph

'Golding's most approachable novel and a curiously personal one, that returns to the mind again and again as if the shames and idylls were one's own.' Guardian

'Neatly drawn, funny and touching...The snap, the tang, and the tension in Golding's prose is always a pleasure.' Harper's Magazine

About the Author

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. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954. 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.

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Publication date

1st August 2013


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Faber & Faber


288 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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