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The No. 1 bestselling author Stephen King’s timeless coming-of-age novella, The Body set in Castle Rock and originally published in his 1982 short story collection Different Seasons, and adapted into the film classic Stand by Me – is now available as a stand-alone publication.

We’d all listened to the Ray Brower story . . . he was a kid our age

The small town of Castle Rock is tuning in to the news of a young boy who has gone missing from a nearby town.

Gordie Lachance and his three friends set off along the railway tracks on a quest, determined to become famous by officially finding the boy’s body.

But their journey becomes a rite of passage, and as they cross the railway trestle and the tracks begin to hum, the boys encounter an intimation of their own mortality.

Adapted into the 1986 classic film Stand By Me, The Body is an iconic exploration of friendship, loneliness and adventure, an unforgettable coming-of-age story by master chronicler of small-town adolescence and universal experience, Stephen King.

Reviews

An incredibly gifted writer
GUARDIAN
King readers know that he is an absolute master of the long story
DAILY EXPRESS
The genius of King is not the fecundity of his imagination, great though it is, but the empathy he can create between reader and character
THE SCOTSMAN