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  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241983928
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.00

The Chrysalids




John Wyndham's classic science fiction novel, published as an Essential for the first time.

David Strorm's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. Little does he realize that his own son, his niece Rosalind and their friends, have their own secret aberration which would label them as mutants. But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands ...

The Chrysalids is a post-nuclear story of genetic mutation in a devastated world, which tells of the lengths the intolerant will go to to keep themselves pure.

  • Pub date: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241983928
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.00

About the Author

John Wyndham

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903. He had a variety of careers before becoming an author, but decided to take up writing professionally in 1925. Under several pseudonyms, he wrote numerous short stories for American science fiction magazines. During World War II, he worked in the Ministry of Information before serving in the army, and took part in the Normandy landings. He returned to writing in 1946, using the pen name John Wyndham, and The Day of the Triffids was published in 1951. It was a huge success, and was followed by seven further novels. He died in 1969.

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