There was a good article in yesterday's Observer about Judy Carver's forthcoming memoir of her father, The Children of Lovers. The book will be published in May, but in the meantime Judy offers some glimpses of her childhood experiences:
Recalling a walk with her father as a child, when she was chattering away to him, Carver says he told her not to talk because he was trying to think. "It turned out he was thinking about Pincher Martin, a brilliant novel which is very complicated. I can see the point now, but at the time I was hurt. His capacity for concentration was absolutely extraordinary."
The Observer article appeared on what would have been William Golding's 99th birthday, so by one measure the centenary year has now begun. The article mentions a number of events planned for next year. As well as the publication of Judy's memoir, the correspondence between Golding and Charles Monteith will be opened; Faber will produce a centenary edition of the novels; and in September the centenary conference (at which Judy will be speaking) will be held at the Cornwall campus of the University of Exeter, a few miles from Golding's home at Perranarworthal.