Panic Party (1934)
thought it one of the nastiest books she’d ever read, Panic
Party is one of Berkeley’s most fascinating books, an
innovative exploration of human psychology under stress—probably the
of Christie’s Ten Little Niggers, Marsh’s
Death and the Dancing Footman, and
Golding’s Lord of the Flies. The
puckish Mr. Pidgeon strands fourteen
guests on an island he has bought, tells them one of them is a
watches the reaction. Although he
intended it as a joke, he is pushed off a cliff—and it becomes clear
Pidgeon’s joke may have been no laughing matter. Sheringham
takes charge in an effort to
maintain civilisation and prevent an emotional volcano from erupting,
and has a
very difficult job of it, with madness and violence breaking out all
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