Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Monday, 11 May 2009

Sulking with Triffids.

Mirabile dictu! A new John Wyndham book is to be published. But there's a catch. This treasure will set you back a cool £60. SIXTY QUID!

'Plan for Chaos', previously unpublished, was an early Wyndham work, presciently exploring the issues of cloning. Although by all accounts a flawed opus, it would still be great interest for admirers of Wyndham's particular brand of 'cosy catastrophe', as it was called on the Today programme.

So why the sky-high cost? Surely not a tiny print-run, although so far I can only locate 10 copies on Ebay - aa affordable new Wyndham would sell thousands, particularly with a BBC Triffid remake on the way. So is it just a way to extract the maximum profit from loyal fans - a technique the Premier League have been employing for years?

Forget it! At £60 a throw, I'm sticking with my Triffids.

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