John Wyndham 1903 – 1969

11 Jan

Postcard from the Penguin Collection of 100 Authors

“When a day you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere” – John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids

( Thus teaching us the dangers of too many narcotics)

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was a science fiction author, known to his friends as ‘Windy’. There is a 63% chance that this fact is probably true, however the only people who can answer that question are the John Wyndham Appreciation Society members, and as they don’t exist, there’s a 92% chance they won’t reply.

He wrote a book called ‘The Day of the Triffids’. You may have heard of the film, it’s a bit like Independence Day but more believable. The Midwich Cuckoos was also made into the film Village of the Damned twice. Proving, once again, that remakes are at least 1.5 stars less than the original on IMDB. He also wrote another book called The Chrysalids which is very good, along with some other books, because he was an author and that’s what they do.

It was tough deciding which author to write about first. Random or straight out of the box? I chose random on the realisation that I hadn’t heard of the first two authors (the shame), and dismissed the next one because he looked like a paedophile and/or fitness instructor. I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when the cover smells of sweat and pants a lot, it’s hard not to donate it to the WI bring and buy sale. So I thought hooray, John Wyndham must have been super cool and really interesting. He’s not.

These are the facts you may need to know for a pub quiz:

  • He was born in 1903
  • His star sign is cancer
  • In the Second World War he worked as a censor
  • He wrote some books and stuff
  • He married a woman in 1963
  • He didn’t have an affair and wasn’t a secret homosexual
  • His favourite drink was probably ale, or whisky, or tea
  • And he died in 1969 from something that killed him

Below are the books:

If you query my accuracy on this subject, then you’re not the only one.  If you would like some more information please try your luck with the John Wyndham Appreciation Society, or start a society of your own.

Next time I will be picking through the life of Truman Capote. I suspect it might be a lot longer than this one.

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