Science fiction books are not normally my cup of tea at all. Nor our books that were published in the 50s, however, I will eat humble pie. This book was incredible and could just have easily been written and set in the last year as the 50s. It’s still scarily accurate, as the majority of people would struggle if the population at large woke up blind over night. The Triffids themselves could very easily be a genetic modification experiment gone wrong from a big science lab. I’d love to know how John Wytham imagined these and how much was known about gm and bioengineering back then. There has been various movie and tv adaptions of the book over the years.
The BBC Big Read is a list of the top 200 novels in the UK, The Day of The Triffids ranked 120.