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  • Published: 1 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241977019
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

The Secret People




While flying over Africa's New Sea, a water project in the heart of the Sahara desert, Mark Sunnet's rocket plane crashes and is sucked through a hole in the desert floor into a strange, cavernous new world.

'The Sun Bird was beginning to travel fast, close to the edge of the whirlpool. They could look right down into the hollow of spinning water'
While flying over Africa's New Sea, a water project in the heart of the Sahara desert, Mark Sunnet's rocket plane crashes and is sucked through a hole in the desert floor into a strange, cavernous new world.
There, he and his partner Margaret encounter the survivors of an ancient race of underground dwellers whose whole existence is now threatened. Captured and forced to live with other prisoners taken from the surface, the pair know that they must escape before the waters above drown them all . . .
The Secret People, published in 1935, is John Wyndham's first novel.
'Perhaps the best writer of science fiction England has ever produced' Stephen King

  • Pub date: 1 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241977019
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

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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