Sir William Gerald GoldingKt., CBE (19 September 1911 – 19 June 1993) was an English novelist, playwright, and poet who won a Nobel Prize in Literature, and is best known for his novel Lord of the Flies. He was also awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book in what became his sea trilogy, To the Ends of the Earth.
Golding was knighted by Elizabeth II in 1988. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.
Crooked Cat says,
Jeff’s short story collection, ‘A Glimpse of the Numinous’, contains slipstream, horror, humour and romance and has enjoyed some excellent reviews. His non-fiction work, ‘The Law of Chaos’, explores the works of writer Michael Moorcock and to be published in all e-book formats. Many of his stories can be found in small press anthologies, magazines or websites.
When he isn’t writing, Jeff is also a parent, an English and Drama teacher, as well as a (very amateur) actor. He has just completed a novel set in Nigeria during the Biafran War and is currently working on further fiction for young adults.
Myopia, his contemporary YA novel about a bullied school boy was released in December 2012. His latest novel, Igboland, was out in February 2014.
Jeff says, “Like me, William Golding was an English teacher. His first novel, ‘Lord of the Flies’ was finally published after many rejections (21) and when he was in his forties. That same novel accurately describes many of my less effective lessons. He also had an interest in theatre and acting; I also teach Drama and have performed a number of roles on stage. But only one of us has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. I’ll leave you to work out who….”
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I loved William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’! I will have to look for Jeff Gardiner’s writings and check him out. 🙂
I loved ‘Lord of the Flies’ when I read it in school. I have a copy of his “Pincher Martin” that I’ve been meaning to read for about 20 years – maybe someday.
I didn’t know Jeff Gardiner, but I do now. 🙂 Thanks for the introduction.
‘Lord of the Flies’…such a great story.
These both sound like interesting Authors and books I should check out,. Thank you for sharing them with us,
History and English at Oxford. I could just imagine how interesting and mind-opening that was. I made a note of both authors. Thanks, Miriam.
Ah, you mean the H post. You’re welcome 🙂
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Yay! I love actor/writers. Anyone who does theater and writing has an advantage in my eyes. =)