The Inheritors

The Inheritors

by William Golding

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The Inheritors by William Golding

When the spring came the people - what was left of them - moved back by the old paths from the sea. But this year strange things were happening, terrifying things that had never happened before. Inexplicable sounds and smells; new, unimaginable creatures half glimpsed through the leaves. What the people didn't, and perhaps never would, know, was that the day of their people was already over...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571267484
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 370,699
File size: 266 KB
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

About the Author

William Golding (1911-1993) was a Booker and Nobel Prize-winning author, best known for his first novel, Lord of the Flies, published originally in 1954 and adapted for film in 1963. His other works include The Inheritors (1955), Pincher Martin (1956), The Spire (1964), Rites of Passage (1980), The Double Tongue (published posthumously in 1995) a now rare volume, Poems (1934) and the essay collections The Hot Gates and A Moving Target.

Golding was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before his writing career, Golding was a schoolmaster. He was also a keen actor, musician and small-boat sailor.
In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".


William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before he became a schoolmaster he was an actor, a lecturer, a small-boat sailor and a musician. A now rare volume, Poems, appeared in 1934. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and saw action against battleships, and also took part in the pursuit of the Bismarck. He finished the war as a Lieutenant in command of a rocket ship, which was off the French coast for the D-Day invasion, and later at the island of Walcheren. After the war he returned to Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and was there when his first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954. He gave up teaching in 1961. Lord of the Flies was filmed by Peter Brook in 1963. Golding listed his hobbies as music, chess, sailing, archaeology and classical Greek (which he taught himself). Many of these subjects appear in his essay collections The Hot Gates and A Moving Target. He won the Booker Prize for his novel Rites of Passage in 1980, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in the summer of 1993. The Double Tongue, a novel left in draft at his death, was published in June 1995., William Golding (1911-1993) was a Booker and Nobel Prize winning author, best known for his first novel, Lord of the Flies, published originally in 1954 and adapted for film in 1963. His other works include The Inheritors (1955), Pincher Martin (1956), Rites of Passage (1980), The Double Tongue (published posthumously in 1995) a now rare volume, Poems (1934) and the essay collections The Hot Gates and A Moving Target.
Golding was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. Before his writing career, Golding was a schoolmaster. He was also a keen actor, musician and small-boat sailor.
In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

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The Inheritors 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
beckywo2015 More than 1 year ago
This book is very hard to read and very confusing. I bought it for my son's project at school.
Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"...It seemed to end a little abruptly; I felt like I was just beginning to get to know the humans, and would have liked to know more about them, if not in further chapters, then perhaps in a sequel. Most people are probably only familiar with an earlier novel of Golding's, Lord of the Flies, since it seems to be a required reading staple in high schools across the country. I really enjoyed reading that one when I took senior English, and I'm not sure now why it took me so long to read something else of his. I definitely recommend this for something a little out of the ordinary on your reading list, especially since this is Golding's favorite of all his own work." For full review, please visit me at Les Livres on Blogger! jaimeliredeslivres dot blogspot dot com
ostrom on LibraryThing 4 days ago
What a fabulous premise! A novel told from the point of view of a Neanderthal--at about the time we humans elbowed Neanderthals aside. I like this book almost as much as Lord of the Flies and better than Pincher Martin, but The Spire is still my favorite of his. Anthropologists will love this book--as long as they remember it's a novel!
puabi on LibraryThing 8 days ago
A gripping story, and well-written, about a family of Neanderthals and their encounter with some "modern" humans. I am fairly certain Neanderthals were not as portrayed in this book, but I loved these characters anyway. I really recommend this one above "Lord of the Flies" (and every other Golding book I've tried but admittedly failed to finish -- "Darkness Visible" and "Free Fall" among them).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why don't you try Lord of the Flies? Even though I'm only going into seventh grade, I still found it interesting. Most people care only about how the story goes, but as you get into it, you sort of sense the deeper meaning of these children. You see human savagery and their want for power. In my honest opinion, if a book is boring, you may just be reading it wrong.
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A true deserving Nobel Prize winner, this is perhaps Sir Golding's most compact book, best written and easiest to read. Just this last action, is an authentic pleasure. Great mastership is achieved in softly portraying the somberest side of life, but it is the simple tragedy of living under harsh conditions what gives beauty to the tale of the noble homo neanderthalensis. A great feat of the literature of human darkness, as many wrongly say, when this is literature's shinest...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 13 and I read this book. At the begaining it is a little confusing, but after that it is pretty easy to under stand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this my freshman year of High school and proceed to get lost from the start. It is probably a very good book, but being I was only 14 reading it, I might not have fully comprehended it. So having that bad experience I never wanted to read it again
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written from the head-space of the central characters, this book is economical in a way that makes it a unique read. I was deeply moved by the story and richly rewarded by its subtle craftsmanship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Inheritors is a pretty interesting book, but the author tells the story in the eyes of the Neanderthals, so it is a bit difficult to comprehend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inspired by the author's archeological dig in Iraq where he found remains of an ancient cripple who lived to a late age, this book must be read differently from any other book. Experience Golding!