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Free Fall by William Golding, John Gray

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With a poignant and stylish new cover and an introduction by author and political philosopher John Gray Free Fall, first published in 1959 and written in the first person, is a powerful self-examination of the raw forces that drive humanity by an English painter held in a German POW camp during World War Two.

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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Free Fall by William Golding, John Gray

Sammy Mountjoy, artist, rises from poverty and an obscure birth to see his pictures hung in the Tate Gallery. Swept into World War II, he is taken as a prisoner-of-war, threatened with torture, then locked in a cell of total darkness to wait. He emerges from his cell transfigured from his ordeal, and begins to realise what man can be and what he has gradually made of himself through his own choices. But did those accumulated choices also begin to deprive him of his free will?


'A fiercely distinguished book.' Frank Kermode

'It is one of those rare books that should be read by people who don't normally read novels at all. It will stand, I believe, as one of those books against which other books are measures.' Tribune

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. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, and also took part in the pursuit of the Bismarck. After the war he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and was there when 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. The Double Tongue, a novel left in draft at his death, was published in June 1995.

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Publication date

4th April 2013


William Golding, John Gray

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Faber & Faber


304 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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