William Golding (1911 - 1993) was born in Cornwall and educated at Marlborough Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford. Before becoming a writer, he was an actor, small-boat sailor, musician and schoolteacher. In 1940 he joined the Royal Navy and took part in the D-Day operation and liberation of Holland. Lord of the Flies, his first novel, was rejected by several publishers but rescued from the 'reject pile' at Faber and published in 1954. It became a modern classic selling millions of copies, translated into 44 languages and made into a film by Peter Brook in 1963. Golding wrote eleven other novels, a play and two essay collections. He won the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage in 1980 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1983. He was knighted in 1988 and died in 1993. www.william-golding.co.uk. Stephen King (1947 - ) was born in Portland, Maine. He began writing in the 1960s and 1970s while working as an English teacher, King is now the award-winning author of more than fifty books, all worldwide bestsellers, including Carrie and The Shining. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the American Letters, the 2007 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the
2014 National Medal of Arts.