'Golding deserves rediscovery, and if he gets it, then this biography -- sympathetic without being idolatrous, detailed without becoming boring, learned, witty, insightful and humane: a model of its kind -- will be in a large measure responsible.' --Robert Harris, Sunday Times
'Superb biography … in Carey [Golding] has found a biographer who is wonderfully alive both to his strangeness as a man and to the desperate brilliance of his fiction.' --Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Daily Telegraph
'A dignified, scholarly life, which convincingly claims Golding as one of the 20th-century s great writers ... there is much fascinating material here ... [Carey's] life of Golding should ensure that we go back to the books.' --Ian Thomson, Irish Times
William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies is the first biography of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Golding by celebrated writer and critic John Carey.