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The Spire by William Golding, John Mullan

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From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Spire is a dark and powerful portrait of one man's will, and the folly that he creates. This newly re-published book has a beautiful illustrated cover and an introduction from author and Professor of English at University College London, John Mullan.

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 Spire by William Golding, John Mullan

Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. His mason anxiously advises against it, for the old cathedral was built without foundations. Nevertheless, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, until the stone pillars shriek and the ground beneath it swims. Its shadow falls ever darker on the world below, and on Dean Jocelin in particular.

About the Author

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911. 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 and was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. 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

7th November 2013


William Golding, John Mullan

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Faber & Faber


272 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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