If I was allowed to own only one book…!

If you were only allowed to own one book, what book would you choose?
Submitted by The Private Library.

Well, I thought of the answer to this one straight away! 'The Day of the Triffids' by John Wyndham. Without a doubt, this is the best post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel ever written (though Wyndham wrote some other good ones as well, such as 'The Chrysalids'). It was incredibly original for its time and still is a ground-breaking book in many ways. I was looking at a copy of it the other day, and thought it would be a good idea to re-read it again as a bit of inspiration. They say writers should read around their genre as much as possible, so I think its high time to buy a copy!

I remember the superb BBC TV series very well (I've got a copy of it on DVD). It was the only decent dramatisation of the book I've seen (as the film was a bit of a joke!) and this was what got me interested in Wyndham's books when I was a kid. This in itself was an influence on the excellent 28 Days Later film.

I would thoroughly recommend the book to anyone interested in this type of Sci-Fi. I'm not knocking other classics, such as 'I am Legend' or 'Do androids dream of electric sheep?' (which have also inspired great films themselves), but if it did come down to it as to what book I would own (if it was the only one I was allowed) it'd be this!

Owen Law

PS Here's a link to it on Amazon if you want to check it out:



About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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