Hunt, trek, and feast among Neanderthals in this stunning novel by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies, introduced by Ben Okri.
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, grubs, and 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 and sounds. Imaginable beasts are half-glimpsed in the forest; upright creatures of bone-faces and deerskins. What the people do not know is that their day is already over …
‘Extraordinary … Genius … Remarkable in the literature of the twentieth century.’ Ben Okri
‘A stun gun to read … Truly a masterpiece.’ Monique Roffey
‘An earthquake in the petrified forests of the English novel.’ Arthur Koestler
‘An astonishing, underrated novel.’ Robert MacFarlane
‘Beautiful, powerful … A visionary dream . Shakespearean.’ Ted Hughes
‘A master fabulist, and a brilliantly creative interpreter of remote history … An iconoclast.’ John Fowles
‘A tour de force … Genius.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Alarming, eye-opening, desolating, mind-invading and unique.’ New Statesman
‘I admire Golding pushing beyond his own experiences to explore ancient worlds and altered states of consciousness.’ Rose Tremain