Category: Books

The book, the film – podcast

Matthew Jones and Ben Taylorson discuss The Death of Grass and Cornel Wilde’s 1970 film adaption of the book, No Blade of Grass on Closer to Midnight

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Russian edition

Russian edition (1992), the cover artist introducing a new layer of excitement with the addition of flying saucers — the British Government, tasked with bombing their citizens?

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The book that shook my faith

The One Book That Shook My Faith in Nature and Humanity – Cat Sparks
“This time around, humanity requires no deity to throw it out of Eden. The garden does the job all by itself.”

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DoG covers

Since its publication in 1956, The Death of Grass has been published in numerous editions across the world and has inspired a wide variety of cover artists

Also known as …

Sam Youd also known as:

John Christopher

Hilary Ford

Peter Graaf

William Godfrey

Stanley Winchester

William Vine

Peter Nichols

Anthony Rye

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No Blade of Grass first hit America as a seven-part serial in The Saturday Evening Post and was widely popular; its publication later that year by Simon and Schuster made it a bestseller and one of the most popular SF books of the year.

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No Blade of Grass trailer

Sam Youd didn’t see the film until years after its release when it was broadcast as a late night movie. He lasted until the first advert break and then retired to bed.