'A quite extraordinary and unforgettable book' Ralph StrausPublished to great acclaim in 1929, this classic tale of childhood was Richard Hughes' first novel and became a bestseller. Doing away with Victorian sentimental visions of childhood, it paved the way for later works such as Golding's Lord of the Flies
Few words of introduction are needed for this story, excepting such as may refer to the sources of the details involved. The outfit of the funeral ship is practically that of the vessel found in the mound at Goekstadt, and now in the museum at Christiania, supplemented with a few details from the ship disinterred last year near Toensberg, in the same district. In both these cases the treasure has been taken from the mound by raiders, who must have broken into the chamber shortly after the interment; but other finds have been fully large enough to furnish details of what would be buried with a chief of note.