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  • Published: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241284674
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $35.00

The Day Of The Triffids


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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.

A stunning new clothbound edition of one of the most famous science-fiction novels of the twentieth century, designed by the acclaimed Coralie-Bickford Smith.

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...

  • Pub date: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241284674
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Authors

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.

Coralie Bickford-Smith

Coralie Bickford-Smith graduated from Reading University after studying Typography and Graphic Communication and works as a designer at Penguin Books UK. Her book covers have been recognised by the AIGA (NY) and D&AD (UK) and have featured in international magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Vogue and The Guardian.


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