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Rites of Passage by William Golding, Robert McCrum
  

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With a delightful and elegant new cover and an introduction by writer and editor Robert McCrum Rites of Passage is the first 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.

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Synopsis

Rites of Passage by William Golding, Robert McCrum

This title comes with an introduction by Robert McCrum. This is the first volume of William Golding's Sea Trilogy. Sailing to Australia in the early years of the nineteenth century, Edmund Talbot keeps a journal to amuse his godfather back in England. Full of wit and disdain, he records the mounting tensions on the ancient, sinking warship where officers, sailors, soldiers and emigrants jostle in the cramped spaces below decks. Then a single passenger, the obsequious Reverend Colley, attracts the animosity of the sailors, and in the seclusion of the fo'castle something happens to bring him into a 'hell of degradation', where shame is a force deadlier than the sea itself.

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, Robert McCrum

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780571298549

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