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The Night of the Triffids

Simon Clark

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Fiction, Science fiction

On the Isle of Wight, a colony of survivors wakes to a world plunged into darkness. Before long, the triffids, thought safely penned on the mainland, attack . . .

In John Wyndham s classic bestsellerThe Day of the Triffids the world has been overwhelmed by killer plants that have blinded almost the entire population. As the novel ends, Wyndham s narrator scientist Bill Masen is escaping, with his wife and four-year-old son, to the Isle of Wight where a small colony of survivors is holding out. Simon Clark s sequels picks up the story twenty-five years on.

The survivors are safe, for the time being at least, on their island, where they have continued efforts to combat the triffids, while also striving in various ways to build a new civilization in a Mother House, for example, women spend their lives endlessly giving birth. Elsewhere in the world, similar colonies cling to survival, while the triffids persist in their attempts to destroy humanity.

One morning Bill Masen s son, David, now grown up, wakes to a world plunged into darkness. Now, the triffids have an advantage over even sighted humanity.

Simon Clark has written an inventive and fast-moving sequel to Wyndham s story, crafting an elegant and scary tale of humanity s ongoing fightback against the triffids.

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Praise for The Night of the Triffids

  • Inventive and fast moving good old fashioned fun. - Washington Post

  • Readers will relish Clark s uncomplicated cocktail of chlorophyll and human blood. Clark s narrative is particularly well-paced . . . The Night of the Triffids makes salutary reading for anyone who has noticed as John Wyndham did that advanced industrial civilization exists in a fragile condition of unstable equilibrium.

  • - Financial Times

  • The world s most famous killer plants are back and nastier than ever in The Night of the Triffids, Simon Clark s authorized sequel to The Day of the Triffids . . . the new book begins 25 years after the earlier novel finishes, with David, son of Wyndham s Bill Masen, waking on the Isle of Wight to find that the sun has gone out . . . it is the sections where [Clark] gives rein to his own invention that really grip.

  • - Guardian

  • [T]his stays faithful to the spirit of the original. A respectful, creditable effort. - Time Out

  • Written in the style of the original. Big in scope, big in action . . . - Huddersfield Examiner

  • The killer plants are back in Simon Clark s superb The Night of the Triffids. - The Zone

  • Clark manages to combine his voice almost seamlessly with that of John Wyndham - SFX

  • Clark has faithfully recreated Wyndham s style, and he quotes or inverts many themes and events from the original. The writing is crisp and unfussy . . . while the pace of the story is breakneck and the climax exhilarating. - The Scotsman

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Simon Clark

SIMON CLARK is the award-winning author of many novels published worldwide, including The Night of the Triffids, On Deadly Ground, Blood Crazy, Vampyrrhic, Sherlock s Demon, and Inspector Abberline & the Gods of Rome. His short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and he has published two collections, Blood and Grit and Salt Snake. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and he has also written prose material for the rock band U2. He lives in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

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