Line 2 large baking sheets with nonstick baking paper. Mix together the flour, oats, coconut, figs and sugar in a large bowl.
Place the butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over a low heat and warm until just melted. Put the bicarbonate of soda in a small bowl and stir in the boiling water. Add to the melted butter, then stir into the dry ingredients.
Use lightly floured hands to roll the mixture into 28–30 walnut-sized balls, then place on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in a preheated oven, 200°C (400°F), Gas Mark 6, for 10–12 minutes until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool.