The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
A real depiction of how children would behave if they found themselves alone on a deserted island. William Goldin's Lord of the Flies went on to sell millions of copies worldwide, be translated into 30 languages and be considered a 20th-century classic. Goldin's ability to "portray the darkest depths of mankind" is undoubted, but can we say that's how a similar scenario would play like in real life? Rutger Bregman, writing in the Guardian, explores a 1965 case that turned out very differently.
From The Guardian