The first book of William Golding’s Sea Trilogy is a haunting account of an epic sea journey, which profoundly affects all those who set sail on it.

In the early 1800s, Edmund Talbot, a young and rather priggish Englishman, takes passage on a boat heading for Australia where he is to be an official in the colonial government. In addition to Talbot, many of the eccentric passengers - a sexually predatory sailor, an aging coquette, the ship’s tyrannical captain - undergo profound changes in the course of the voyage, during which a naive clergyman is victimised and, finally, pushed to take drastic action.

Winner
1980 Booker Prize
Published by
Faber & Faber
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William Golding

William Golding

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William Golding was born Newquay, England. He is considered by many to be the greatest English novelist of the last 50 years.
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