Lord of the Flies

This is one of those books you may  be forced to read in class, but don’t let that put you off. I had avoided that fate, so I read it for the first time this year and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The novel takes place on a deserted island where a group of young boys find themselves after their plane crashes, killing all the adults on board. What follows is their attempt to survive and establish some kind of society. And that’s really what the novel explores; what keeps us ‘civilised’; how would people act when there is no authority to keep them in line.

Lord of the Flies was written soon after World War 2 and the horror of that is reflected in some way in this novel; the author, William Golding saw active service as a member of the Royal British Navy during the war.


About Ms Page

Ms Page is the Teacher Librarian at Liverpool Boys High School.

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