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News item dated 4 February 2012

John Christopher – known to friends by his real name Sam Youd – died on 3 February at the age of 89. His books include the classic disaster novel The Death of Grass (1956; vt No Blade of Grass 1957) and several notable works for younger readers, of which the partly-televised Tripods sequence is the best known.

The Guardian obituary is by Christopher Priest.

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