One of the best reads over the weekend was a story in The Guardian about what happened when a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island on their own for over a year in 1965.
William Golding’s famed 1951 novel “Lord of the Flies” set up a fictional story of British schoolboys being stranded on a deserted island for months and resorting to tribalism and savagery in the process. Of course, the late Golding himself was a depressive and abusive alcoholic.
The author of the article, Rutger Bregman, went in search of a real life equivalent event to see if Golding’s supposition was correct – turns out he wasn’t. Golding found a story from fourteen years later in late 1966 about six boys who had been found