FREE BBC Audio: Lord Of The Flies

Ralph, Piggy, Jack and Simon are amongst a group of schoolboys who survive a plane crash and find themselves marooned on a deserted island. With no means of contacting the world beyond, the boys come together in an attempt to initiate rescue and survive the surrounding perils. But as time passes, and memories of home grow faint, tensions mount and their unity and order is sorely tested. First published in 1954, William Golding's classic fable of mankind's capacity for good and evil is one of the masterpieces of 20th-century literature, so much so that has it long ago reached the status of a cultural referent. Judith Adams' four-part dramatisation captures the adventure, atmosphere and chilling undertones of Golding's tragic vision.

Ralph, Piggy, Jack and Simon are amongst a group of schoolboys who survive a plane crash and find themselves marooned on a deserted island. With no means of contacting the world beyond, the boys come together in an attempt to initiate rescue and survive the surrounding perils. But as time passes, and memories of home grow faint, tensions mount and their unity and order is sorely tested.
First published in 1954, William Golding’s classic fable of mankind’s capacity for good and evil is one of the masterpieces of 20th-century literature, so much so that has it long ago reached the status of a cultural referent. Judith Adams’ four-part dramatisation captures the adventure, atmosphere and chilling undertones of Golding’s tragic vision.

Many of the pupils who will be progressing from Y9 to Y10 in September will be studying William Golding‘s sobering tale of schoolboys stranded on a desert island after a plane crash.

For a limited period (about three weeks, at the time of writing) you can listen to a BBC dramatisation of the novel in four 30-minute parts by clicking here.  It’s a valuable opportunity for students to access this classic story, or indeed for busy parents to revisit or learn about a text their children will be studying in detail.

But most of all, the dramatisation’s quality is up to the usual impeccable standards of the BBC, and it’s a chance to enjoy this frightening analogy on the fragility of what we call ‘civilisation’ …  I really recommend it.

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2 comments on “FREE BBC Audio: Lord Of The Flies
  1. Eleanor says:

    I keep meaning to read the Lord of the Flies, but never do. I have written it in my planner, so now I can’t forget… It does sound really good however!

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