John Christopher Resources

The writer

‘A comforting glass of whisky’ In 1999 Colin Brockhurst interviewed Sam Youd, covering an extensive range of topics from his admiration of Jane Austen and John Wyndham, his early ‘single-draft’ writing method, his shift from...

Early sci-fi

The Fantast Sam Youd brought out the first issue of the scifi magazine, The Fantast, shortly after his 17th birthday in April 1939 and continued publishing it until March 1941, when military service brought his...

"The Death of Grass" "No Blade of Grass"

Adult fiction

A post-apocalyptic vision of Guernsey In John Christopher’s ‘A Wrinkle in the Skin’, a series of massive earthquakes on a worldwide scale reduces towns and cities to rubble. Most of western Europe is dramatically uplifted,...

Fiction for young adults

The Tripods: ‘A long weekend spent with these books is a good weekend indeed’ Kenneth John Odle first encountered the Tripods books via the Boys Life comic strip serialisation in the early ’80s. Returning to...