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Publisher's Summary

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

I think there has been death in my hands.

On the last stretch of its epic voyage from England to Australia, a disintegrating warship inches towards land. But there are still trials ahead, as the vessel is smashed against an ice cliff and blasted by a great storm, while the claustrophobic passengers battle erotic desires, masculine rivalry and violent power struggles—all experiencing a sea change in their natures. And when an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks, the other side of the world has never seemed further away.

©2013 William Golding (P)2022 Faber Audio

Critic Reviews

"Laden to the waterline with a rich cargo of practicalities and poetry, pain and hilarity, drama and exaltation." (Sunday Times)

"A tour de force.... A persuasive adventure, love story and allegory, as serious as it is entertaining." (Penelope Lively)

"The best novel I've read this year.... The language fizzes and spits." (Daily Telegraph)

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