The Death of Grass (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John Christopher
Penguin Classics Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780141190174
Date: 02 April 2009 List Price £8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
A new edition released as a Penguin Modern Classic, John Christopher's 1956 apocalyptic work is often seen as a response to Wyndam's Day of the Triffids.
"At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. Except, it turns out, the governments have been lying to their people. When the deadly disease hits Britain they are left alone, and society starts to descend into barbarism. As John and his family try to make it across country to the safety of his brother's farm in a hidden valley, their humanity is tested to its very limits."