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

Noah Berlatsky on John Christopher In his recent collection of essays Yet Another Heart of Darkness, journalist Noah Berlatsky provides penetrative analyses of two of John Christopher’s adult novels, The Possessors (Colonizing the Colonizers) and...

Fiction for young adults

Are children’s books becoming more ‘elitist / classist’ as publishing becomes increasingly dominated by the ‘Middle Class’? ReadItDaddy, award-winning bloggers on all things children’s literature, take a look at class issues in publishing today, and...