"I was standing up, pressed back against the wall, trying not to breathe. I got there in the one movement my body made. My body had many hairs on legs and belly and chest and head, and each had its own life; each inherited a hundred thousand years of loathing and fear for things that scuttle or slide or crawl." from Free Fall

Sammy Mountjoy, artist, rises from poverty and an obscure birth to see his pictures hung in the Tate Gallery. Swept into World War II, he is taken as a prisoner-of-war, threatened with torture, then locked in a cell of total darkness to wait. He emerges from his cell like Lazarus from the tomb, seeing infinity in a grain of sand and eternity in an hour. Transfigured by his ordeal, he begins to realize what man can be and what he has gradually made of himself through his own choices. He determines to find the exact point at which the accumulated weight of those choices has deprived him of free will.



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June 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Free Fall
Author(s): Sir William Golding
ISBN: 0-544-31051-9 / 978-0-544-31051-3 (USA edition)
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March 1975 : UK Hardback

Title: Free Fall
Author(s): William Golding
ISBN: 0-571-06019-6 / 978-0-571-06019-1 (UK edition)
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January 1973 : UK Hardback
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Title: Free Fall
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ISBN: 0-571-08209-2 / 978-0-571-08209-4 (UK edition)
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April 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Free Fall: With an introduction by John Gray
Author(s): William Golding
ISBN: 0-571-29851-6 / 978-0-571-29851-8 (UK edition)
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March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Free Fall
Author(s): William Golding
ISBN: 0-15-602823-9 / 978-0-15-602823-3 (USA edition)
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October 1962 : USA Paperback
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Title: Free Fall (Harvest Book)
Author(s): William Golding
ISBN: 0-15-633468-2 / 978-0-15-633468-6 (USA edition)
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January 1973 : UK Paperback

Title: Free Fall
Author(s): William Golding
ISBN: 0-571-08733-7 / 978-0-571-08733-4 (UK edition)
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January 1959 : UK Paperback
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Title: Free Fall
Author(s): William Golding
ISBN: 0-571-06284-9 / 978-0-571-06284-3 (UK edition)
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February 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Free Fall: With an introduction by John Gray
Author(s): William Golding
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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