Many thanks to Cornish Literature reader Peter Jenkin, who noticed that Patrick Gale was not the only Cornish writer to be featured in The Observer last Sunday.
Precipitating a BBC Arena documentary on the life of William Golding, to be broadcast this Saturday (17/3/12) on BBC2 at 9.30pm, Robert McCrum, one of his former publishers, has written a feature on the novelist, with input from his daughter, Judy. Reading the article, I’m reminded of A.L. Rowse’s problems which he ascribed to having a working-class Cornish background in the predominantly upper-middle class academy of the mid-twentieth century. I wonder if anyone has ever analysed Golding’s depression in light of his conflicting childhood and middle-age circumstances?