Archaeologist and author Rebecca Wragg Sykes is the special guest on the National Review’s The Great Books podcast on Golding’s The Inheritors. In the episode, Wragg Sykes explores this extraordinary novel in relation to recent scientific developments in our understanding of the Neanderthals. She praises The Inheritors, stating that ‘the language is incredible … the ideas are incredible’ and notes that Golding’s vision of the Neanderthals was ahead of the scientific knowledge at the time. Wragg Sykes’ recent book, Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art is an excellent examination of our close relatives.
The podcast episode is available now.