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When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen - one of the lucky few to keep his sight - finds himself trapped in a London jammed with sightless mobs who prey on those who can still see . . .

When Bill Masen wakes up blindfolded in hospital there is a bitter irony in his situation. Carefully removing his bandages, he realizes that he is the only person who can see: everyone else, doctors and patients alike, have been blinded by a meteor shower. Now, with civilization in chaos, the triffids - huge, venomous, large-rooted plants able to 'walk', feeding on human flesh - can have their day.
The Day of the Triffids, published in 1951, expresses many of the political concerns of its time: the Cold War, the fear of biological experimentation and the man-made apocalypse. However, with its terrifyingly believable insights into the genetic modification of plants, the book is more relevant today than ever before.
John Wyndham was born in 1903. After a wide experience of the English preparatory school he was at Bedales from 1918 to 1921. Careers which he tried included farming, law, commercial art, and advertising, and he first started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. During the war he was in the Civil Service and afterwards in the Army. In 1946 he began writing his major science fiction novels including "The Kraken Wakes", "The Chrysalids" and "The Midwich Cuckoos".

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    9780141185415

    February 21, 2001

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    256 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141033006

    August 18, 2008

    Penguin General UK

    272 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780812967128

    July 15, 2003

    Random House USA

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  • The Day Of The Triffids
    John Wyndham

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    9780141912110

    February 21, 2001

    Penguin eBooks

    256 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780241970577

    September 24, 2014

    Penguin General UK

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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