BBC x Lord of the Flies

Sir William Golding composed Lord of the Flies shortly after the end of World War Two. During the war, Golding had participated in the D-Day invasion of German-occupied France and was present at the sinking of the Bismarck, most famous ship of the German navy.

There is a long history of islands in literature, and Lord of the Flies was heavily influenced by one particular work – R. M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island. Written 100 years before Lord of the Flies, this novel tells the story of three boys stranded on a desert island.

We were commissioned by BBC Bitesize to create a range of illustrations for KS3 English.