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Survivors [Paperback]

Terry Nation
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27 Nov 2008
A virus has wiped out 95 per cent of the world's population in just a few weeks, leaving the remaining 5 per cent to stay alive in a world devoid of the most basic amenities - electricity, transport and medicine. The few survivors of the human race are forced to fall back on the most primitive skills in order to live and re-establish some semblance of law and order. Abby Grant, widowed by the plague, moves through this new dark age with determination, sustained by hope that her son, who fled his boarding school at the onset, has survived. She knows she must relearn the skills on which civilisation was built. With others, she founds a commune and the group return to the soil. But marauding bands threaten their existence. For Abby, there's a chance for a new life and love when she encounters James Garland, the fourteenth Earl of Woodhouse, who is engaged in a desperate fight to save his ancestral home. But more important, she must find her son.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; paperback / softback edition (27 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409102645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409102649
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A highly readable adventure story and an equally interesting glimpse back to the Seventies - before computers, mobiles and the least tinge of multiculturalism" (David Sexton EVENING STANDARD )

"Nation's novel is based on his original cult series...and is all the better for it, being far, far more gritty and realistic" (SUNDAY SUN )

"This is radically different to the much-loved original television program, and it is also a fine piece of British post-apocalyptic fiction" (DEATHRAY )

About the Author

Terry Nation was born in 1930 in Wales. After briefly joining his father's furniture-making business and attempting stand-up comedy, Nation turned his hand to writing and worked on radio scripts for The Goon Show and a range of TV dramas such as The Saint, The Avengers, Z Cars, The Baron, The Champions, Department S and The Persuaders. He also went on to write about 100 episodes of Doctor Who and worked on popular American TV series. He died in Los Angeles in 1997.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, with a twist ending 2 Sep 2008
I remember this series from the 70s though only got round to seeing it all last year (I only saw a few episodes originally as it was always bed-time!) The book follows the first series quite closely until about two thirds of the way though when it suddenly follows a new tack. Apparently this is the way Terry Nation would have liked the TV series to go but creative differences took over.

It's certainly a page turner and has you thinking how things would be these days if something similar happened. Ideal material for relaxing by the pool on holiday but probably not for the more sensitive reader. Gritty realism is the order of the day and the twist at the end is truly gut-wrenching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the Cover. 10 Dec 2008
By Ant
If you're following the BBC remake series of Survivors it's worth being aware that the Terry Nation Novel has more in common with the 1970s original.

That said, the remade series, (though following similar storylines), is a poor imitation of the original, and the book, (of which both series are based),is again much better and darker than either television adaptations.

In short ... read the book ... (it's very good), but understand it only has passing similarities to the series most current on BBC 1.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling book...thought provoking 8 Jan 2009
I have really enjoyed this book...it is relevant, thought provoking and well written. It is very stimulating and I kept thinking about issues it raised it long after I read it.I am going to try and enjoy all the luxuries that we take for granted and might get round to trying some gardening!!...just in case I ever need to survive!!! Can't wait to let my son read this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great sci-fi novel in its own right 5 April 2009
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I never saw the original 1970s TV series, but enjoyed the 2008 version and thought I'd check this out. I'm glad I did.

Rather than being just a tie-in novel to a TV series, this is a great post-apocalyptic survival story in its own right, on a par with (and in some ways with a lot in common with) other classics like "Day Of The Triffids" or "The Last Man".

The characters are rich and believable, and the problems the 'team' face in trying to regress to an electricity-less, telephone-less, leader-less society are strong issues that are just as important as they were 30 years ago, if not more so.

The speed of the story increases almost exponentially- the first half of the book covers only a few weeks' action (and is closely mirrored by both the 70s and 00s TV series), but then it steps into a different gear and before you know it, three years then five years have gone by. In this way the story stays gripping throughout.

Even if you haven't seen or didn't enjoy the TV series, treat this as a great sci-fi novel in its own right, and have a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 29 Jan 2009
This is the original story devised by the original TV series creator. The basic premise is the same rich seam of thought-provoking "what if's", but the plot differs from both the 1970's TV series and the 2008 one (which also differ from one another).
The focus is significantly darker(not least in the shock-ending) than either TV series. Having enjoyed both of those I found this an interesting insight into the original thoughts behind the series as well as a gripping yarn in its own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story 14 Feb 2010
As someone who thinks he'd probably do ok in a post apocalyptic world, I love stories like this. I loved the original 1970s tv series and I am enjoying the current one but, as usual, the book is much better, although far too short.
I'd recommend it to anybody. Love the twist at the end. Hope the BBC are brave enough to do it this time. Only quibble is that this was clearly produced for an american market as there are numerous American misspellings, which I found a little annoying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Read 5 Feb 2009
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I read this book in a day - it was such an easy read with a gripping story line. It is different from the TV drama, and not only because the book's setting is back in the 70s before the mass take up of technology, but because it covers a longer time period and there is no conspiracy with people in white coats studying the disease. The book is much more prosaic dealing with the real issues of survival when everything we've known has gone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survivors - Terry Nation 10 Nov 2008
Terry Nation was very critical of the direction the TV series took, and if you read this you can see why. No cosiness, fashion, optimism. A bleak & grim book, not for the suicidally depressive! An existentialist novel of how people reacted positively to the end of the world, with am absurdist end. (How did they react to that? We don't know.) Despite this being one of my fave teenage books, mind you I have caveats. Before SURVIVORS I was a huge fan of John Wyndham, esp. THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS. Survivors is perhaps too reminiscent of Wyndham, although it removes all the beauty & hope. Again, they may both be accused of Cold War propagandism, although SURVIVORS may make a jibe at Arthur Scargill! On the other hand, Wyndham was not the first to write a post-apocolyptic novel. e.g., Earth Abides.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survivors
I was very happy to receive my copy of Survivrs--it was in god condition and whilst different to the DVD series it was the original and had a finish. Read more
Published 1 month ago by merlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that the original TV series was made on
Anyone who has watched the 1975 Survivor series first few episodes will instantly recognise the story although certain minor details were changed for the TV scenes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bill butler planner
4.0 out of 5 stars An uncompromised vision
Terry Nation, a writer to whom the medium of television owes an incalculable debt, presents us with the novelized version of his mid-to-late 1970's TV series, "Survivors" Free of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Señor Spook
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivors the Novel
This and sequel Genesis of A Hero that carries from the original one, in it's gritty realism are two of the best British Apocalyptic novels other than the Death of Grass by John... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Turnerstudent
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought the book on the back of the series
The book would have been better if I had not watched the series on TV first. The book is very different to the series and only bought the book as the BBC only did 2 series and did... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Sally A Reeve
4.0 out of 5 stars almost 5 stars
Ok, so I read this book AFTER watching the 2008 BBC series. Loved the series by the way (except the ending, grrrrr) and with all the positive reviews really looked forward to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by LumpySpacePrincess
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Off With The DVD Box Sets
Survivors was an excellent 1970s BBC TV series of three seasons duration created by the author of this book, Terry Nation. Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by David Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars Survivors - the original story
A good read for those who remember the TV series in the 70s. Don't be put off by the picture on the front cover from the recent TV remake, which was far less believable than the... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by S. Westwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Survivors
The book wasn't as good as the original from the 1970's but was a reasonable read.
Published on 21 April 2010 by Mrs. Pm Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read!
I was lucky enough to pick up a secondhand copy of the original hardcover American printing of this book and read it in two sittings. I could not put it down! Read more
Published on 9 April 2010 by Retroboi
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