Book Review: 'The Death of Grass'

Updated: Jul 17, 2018

By John Christopher

First published 1956


Recommended reading by a friend who preps.


A fictional book exploring survival skills for post-disaster landscapes ravaged by global environmental catastrophe, atomic warfare, famine and resultant social anarchy. Themes of friendship, family, the state, globalisation and escape are explored, as well as the practical hardships of daily life in a post-collapse world.


Written in 1956, the book reflects a context in which nuclear anxiety, dystopian imagery of the state, environmental concern and the seedling fears of the opportunities and costs of growing global interdependence, were the contemporary issues taking root.

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Funding Partners

The Wellcome Trust, through Birkbeck ISSF fund