Character: ‘the new one’ 

Book: The Inheritors 

Author: William Golding 

26 writer: John Simmons 




The novel records the planet’s last family of Neanderthals. It ends with the baby stolen by the new people Homo Sapiens. The ‘new one’ survives and…


‘They’re like fire in forest.

I still have mother scent.

Nostrils twitch but she’s gone.


Now I’m new people.

I’m red, they’re black.

We’re together.

They’re other.


I feel their power in me.

Am I other?

The other are like Oa.


I hold my Oa tight,

Drink water from round stones.

Oa breathed in me.

I sing for those still to be.’

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