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John Christopher

John Christopher

John Christopher is the pseudonym of Sam Youd, who was born in April 1922 in the village of Knowsley, near Liverpool. When he was aged ten, his family moved south to Hampshire, where he attended Peter Symonds' School, Winchester. Subsequently he has lived in London and Guernsey, and now lives in Rye.

He started taking writing seriously when, on leaving the army at the end of 1946, he was given an Atlantic Award by the Rockefeller Foundation. His primary target was the general novel, of which he eventually published ten. Additionally, under the stimulus of providing for a family which grew to include five children, he wrote genre novels - thrillers, light comedies, even a couple with a cricket background - under pen-names. As John Christopher, he wrote a series of books labelled "science fiction", including THE DEATH OF GRASS.

In 1966 he was asked to try writing for young people, and came up with the Tripods trilogy. He has since written many other children's books, including the Sword and Fireball trilogies and a "prequel" to the Tripods trilogy: WHEN THE TRIPODS CAME. His latest book, due for publication in 1993, is A DUSK OF DEMONS.

One children's book, THE GUARDIANS, received the Guardian Award in Britain, a Christopher Medal in the United States, and the Jugendbuchpreis in Germany. Except for DOM AND VA, all his books are still in print, in some cases after twenty five years.

The Tripods trilogy has been sold for publication in sixteen foreign languages, including Chinese, Russian, Malayalam and Babel.

John Christopher is married and has a son and four daughters, and four grand-children.

PUBLICATIONS

For Young People:

THE TRIPODS TRILOGY:
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD
THE POOL OF FIRE

THE LOTUS CAVES
THE GUARDIANS

THE SWORD TRILOGY:
THE PRINCE IN WAITING
BEYOND THE BURNING LANDS
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRITS

DOM AND VA
WILD JACK
EMPTY WORLD

THE FIREBALL TRILOGY:
FIREBALL
NEW FOUND LAND
DRAGON DANCE

WHEN THE TRIPODS CAME
A DUSK OF DEMONS

For Adults:

THE 22ND CENTURY
THE YEAR OF THE COMET
THE DEATH OF GRASS
THE LONG VOYAGE
THE WORLD IN WINTER
CLOUD ON SILVER
THE POSSESSORS
THE WRINKLE IN THE SKIN
THE LITTLE PEOPLE
PENDULUM

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