by John Wyndham
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The disturbing post-apocalyptic novel The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, author of La Triffids Day and The Kraken Wakes Up and Dramatized on BBC Radio 4David Strorm’s father does not approve Angus Morton exceptionally high horses, calling them blasphemies against natureCan he realize that his own son, and his son, Rosalind’s cousin and their friends, have their own aberration secret that would allow them to be labelled as mutants?But as David and Rosalind get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to hide their differences from the village elders.Soon, they are faced with a choice: waiting for a possible discovery, or fleeing to the frightening and mutable Badlands.The Chrysalids is a nuclear post-apocalypse history of genetic mutation in a devastated world and explores the lengths intolerant people will go to keep themselves pureA perfect timing, astringent humourone of the few authors whose compulsive readability is a compliment to the intelligence “Spectator’ Fresh and Disturbing Remains’ quite unexpected’ GuardianJohn Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a lawyer at courtHe tried a number of careers, including agriculture, law, commercial art and advertising, and began writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925.From 1930 to 1939, he wrote short stories of different types under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while writing novels.During the war, he was in the Civil Service and ArmyIn 1946 he returned to writing articles for publication in the United States and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called “fantasy logic”.Like John Wyndham, he writes The Day of Triffids, The Kraken Wakes Up, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Coucous (filmed as the Village of the Damned), The Time Seeds, Difficulties with the Lichen, The Outward Moment, Consider His Ways, and Others, the Web and the Chocky.John Wyndham died in March 1969.
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