Three new editions published today

As part of Faber & Faber’s relaunch of Golding’s novels, three new editions are published today. The new Lord of the Flies features Stephen King’s introduction, in which King writes: ‘Lord of the Flies has always represented what novels are for, what makes them indispensable’. Booker Prize-shortlisted author Nicola Barker introduces Darkness Visible, Golding’s 1979 masterpiece and argues that Golding’s writing ‘seduces us. He transfixes, bewitches and confounds us’. For Golding’s final novel, the posthumously published The Double Tongue, historian Bettany Hughes contributes a vibrant introduction on the role of memory, fragmentary narratives and the role of the reader: ‘[Golding] encourages the reader’s imagination of the experience of past lives, and throughout the book he asks an open question about how we should best live our lives today’.