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Publisher's Summary

Lose yourself in an epic naval journey in this Booker Prize-winning novel: the second in the acclaimed Sea Trilogy by the author of Lord of the Flies. Read by the author in 1989, this recording was re-mastered in 2022.

This tropical nowhere was the whole worldthe whole imaginable world.

A decrepit warship is becalmed halfway to Australia, stilled in an ocean wilderness of heat and sea mists. In this surreal, fête-like atmosphere, a ball is held with a passing ship: the passengers dance and flirt, while beneath them seaweed like green hair spreads ominously over the hull. Half-mad with fear, drink, love and opium, both vessel and passengers feel themselves going to pieces, and the very planks seem to twist themselves alive as the ship comes apart at the seams....

©2013 William Golding (P)2022 Faber Audio

Critic Reviews

"No living writer has represented the fragility of man's experience so marvellously as Golding." (AS Byatt)

"It is in Golding's magnificent, therapeutic, terrifying descriptions of seascapes that the deepest meanings can be found." (Kate Mosse)

''Stunning.... As exciting as any thriller." (Sunday Times)

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