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Fire Down Below by William Golding, Victoria Glendinning
  

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With an evocative new cover and an introduction by biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist, Victoria Glendinning Fire Down Below is an epic tour de force and the third volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy charting the long journey of an aging decrepit warship on its’ voyage from England to Australia in the early years of the 19th century.

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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Fire Down Below by William Golding, Victoria Glendinning

A decrepit warship sails on the last stretch of its voyage to Sydney Cove. It has been blown off course and battered by wind, storm and ice. Nothing but rope holds the disintegrating hull together. And after a risky operation to reset its foremast with red-hot metal, an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks.

Reviews

'A tour de force...A historical novel that defies all the hazards of that form and becomes a persuasive adventure, love story and allegory, as serious as it is entertaining.' Penelope Lively, Daily Telegraph

'The best novel I've read this year...The language fizzes and spits.' DM Thomas, Daily Telegraph

'Golding's evocation of the ship is so good that this book induces sea-sickness.' Victoria Glendinning, The Times

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

7th November 2013

Author

William Golding, Victoria Glendinning

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780571298556

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