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Summary

Hunt, trek and feast among Neanderthals in this stunning vision of prehistory on the cusp of a new age, from the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies

This was a different voice; not the voice of the people. It was the voice of other. 

When spring comes, the people leave their winter cave, foraging for honey and shoots, bulbs and grubs, the hot richness of a deer's brain. They awaken the fire to heat their naked bodies, lay down their thorn bushes and share pictures in their minds. 

But strange things are happening - inexplicable scents, sounds and violence - and, suddenly, unimaginable creatures are half-glimpsed in the forest: an upright new people of bone-faces and deerskins. What the early people don't know is that their season is already over.... 

©2021 William Golding (P)2021 Faber & Faber Ltd.

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"An earthquake in the petrified forests of the English novel." (Arthur Koestler)

"A tour de force.... Genius." (Daily Telegraph)

"Alarming, eye-opening, desolating, mind-invading and unique." (New Statesman)

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Astonishing! Stupendous! Unique!

There is no wonder that William Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This novel is unique.

It is is the story of a band of Neanderthals and their encounter with 'the new ones', an advanced breed of humans (homo sapiens) who arrive at the island near to the cave where the Neanderthals live. But this is so much more than just a story - it is the exploration of a mindscape very different from our own. Every action, every idea and every emotion is related from the point of view of a Neanderthal's mindset - more rudimentary, more visual, more natural and more innocent. As Lok and his companions struggle to find meaning in the strange events occurring around them so the story unfolds until, with a sudden twist of perspective, the nature of the two groups of people is subtly revealed.

David Dawson's narration is beautifully measured, drawing you into a journey of perceptions quite unlike anything written before or since. Astonishing! Stupendous! An imaginative tour de force! Unique!

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