Dr Smallwood's words of praise for the quality of 'Lord of The Flies' on its 70th anniversary re-ignited my memories of William Golding.

In the winter of 1948 'Scruff' Golding was my first-year tutor at Bishop Wordsworth's School.

I well recall him, duffle coated and with a dishevelled, preoccupied air, handing out to the class pages of illegible handwritten manuscript for the number of words on every page to be counted.

Just too early, alas, for the likelihood of them being those of his masterpiece. I have always wondered whether or not those particular fruits of Golding's fertile imagination ever achieved successful publication. 

Yours sincerely

Mervyn Scamell,

Laverstock Park

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