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John Wyndham's classic science fiction book, The Midwich Cuckoos, was filmed with the title The Village of the Damned. This book is in the orange Penguin colour and has the black and white cover illustration that became common on Penguins in the 1960s.

The novel's characters are the villagers, and its heroes are mostly the women of the village. Then there are the new arrivals - strange children with golden eyes, born into the village in the most mysterious circumstances...

Wyndham introduced a new style of science fiction - not set in space, or an unknown far off planet, but home on Earth - and specifically, in a quaint English village. The Midwich of the title is entirely typical of the English village of that era, and it makes the drama all the more frightening, as the reader may imagine it happening somewhere near them...

The book is in good condition for its age, with very yellowed pages as you would expect, but little damage. The spine is intact and all pages are tight, but the base of the spine does have tears to each corner which may be seen in one of the photos. Inside the front cover, an inscription in ink reads: 34. Poetry Prize Easter 1968 Stephen Mead. The book was published in 1964 - what happened to it between 1964 and 1968 isn't on record... I wonder which bookseller's shelf it resided on for those four years?

Great value for this book in this condition! I also subsidise the shipping price for all my books.

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Book orange penguin classic science ficton Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham English golden eyes children science fiction


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
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