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The Death of Grass by John Christopher, Robert Macfarlane
  

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At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. Except, it turns out, the governments have been lying to their people. When the deadly disease hits Britain they are left alone, and society starts to descend into barbarism. As John and his family try to make it across country to the safety of his brother's farm in a hidden valley, their humanity is tested to its very limits.

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The Death of Grass by John Christopher, Robert Macfarlane

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'The Death of Grass sticks with commendable perseverance to the surface of the earth we know... John Christopher has constructed an unusually dramatic and exciting tale'
Daily Mail

'I know and admire The Death of Grass. It was published at roughly the same time as The Day Of The Triffids. In my judgement, it is by far the better book. The characterisation is better and the mood uniformly cold. It is a thrilling and sensible work' - Brian Aldiss

'Gripping ! of all science fiction's apocalypses, this is one of the most haunting'
Financial Times

About the Author

John Christopher (pen name of Sam Youd) was born in 1922 in Liverpool. His novels were popular during the 1950s and 1960s, most notably The Death Of Grass. In 1966 he started writing science-fiction for adolescents. The Tripods trilogy, the Prince in Waiting trilogy (also known as the Sword of the Spirits trilogy) and The Lotus Caves are still widely read today.

John Christopher died in February 2012.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd April 2009

Author

John Christopher, Robert Macfarlane

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Publisher

Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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ISBN

9780141190174

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