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The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

THE TRUE TALE OF MAROONED BOYS WHO DEFY GOLDLING'S DARK 'LORD OF THE FLIES' COMMENTARY ON THE HUMAN CONDITION. A refreshing story which argues that truth is much kinder than fiction. “'One day, in 1977, six boys set out from Tonga on a fishing trip … Caught in a huge storm, the boys were shipwrecked on a deserted island. What do they do, this little tribe? They made a pact never to quarrel.'” Caleb, Megan & Jim

"For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other."

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently to William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman


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