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Publisher's Summary

Francis Saxover and Diana Brackley, two scientists investigating a rare lichen, discover it has a remarkable property: it retards the aging process. Francis, realising the implications for the world of an ever-youthful, wealthy elite, wants to keep it secret, but Diana sees an opportunity to overturn the male status quo by using the lichen to inspire a feminist revolution.

As each scientist wrestles with the implications and practicalities of exploiting the discovery, the world comes ever closer to learning the truth....

Trouble with Lichen is a scintillating story of the power wielded by science in our lives and asks, how much trust should we place in those we appoint to be its guardians?

About the author: John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'.

©1960 John Wyndham (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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  • Martin G Fisher
  • 07-12-21

The story that’s lost none of its power

Since I first read the story in the mid 1970s I’ve often been drawn back to it. Insightful and intelligent it’s lost in all of its power over the years. A ripping yarn that may yet come to pass.

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  • Andy Boddington
  • 04-12-21

Classic Wyndham

John Wyndham was writing more than half a century ago. This is a book where women are the stronger sex, but not quite. The imaginative plot was a groundbreaker. The reading is very good and a must read for those that want to read older and exceptional science fiction.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 04-12-21

Not one of John Wyndham's best

While well performed, and entertaining enough, this was not one of John Wyndham's best and has not aged particularly well, especially in some of its class and gender attitudes.

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  • Lyndylulu
  • 27-11-21

Absolutely excellent!

A deep debate, through the protagonists' viewpoints, on scientific responsibility. Very, very good. Great reading by Vanessa Kirby too!