John Christopher Resources

The writer

A man of many pseudonyms If the name John Christopher is not familiar, try Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, Anthony Rye or his birth-name, Sam Youd. Was there ever an...

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

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...