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The Inheritors

Written by William Golding

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

LoveReading View on The Inheritors

This was Golding’s second published novel and hailed by critics as his best, so startling was it that one, Arthur Koestler, described it as ‘an earthquake in the petrified forests of the English Novel’.

55 years on the novel charting the downfall of the Neanderthals, from their perspective, by the violent race of Homo Sapiens is still shocking.

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The Inheritors Synopsis

When the spring came the people - what was left of them - moved back by the old paths from the sea. But this year strange things were happening, terrifying things that had never happened before. Inexplicable sounds and smells; new, unimaginable creatures half glimpsed through the leaves. What the people didn't, and perhaps never would, know, was that the day of their people was already over. From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Inheritors is a startling recreation of the lost world of the Neanderthals, and a frightening vision of the beginnings of a new age.

The Inheritors Press Reviews

'An astonishing and original tour de force ...Golding is a genius' - Daily Telegraph

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571329090
Publication date: 4th August 2011
Author: William Golding
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

About William Golding

William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Apart from writing, his past and present occupations include being a schoolmaster, a lecturer, an actor, a sailor, and a musician. His father was a schoolmaster and his mother was a suffragette. He was brought up to be a scientist, but revolted. After two years at Oxford he read English literature instead. He spent five years at Oxford and then published a volume of poems in 1935. He was present off the French coast for the D-Day invasion, and later at the ...

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