With an official publication date of 27 November 2008, the new edition of the 1976 Survivors noveliation penned by Terry Nation, republished by Orion Books has now reached major highstreet books and online retailers. The press release from Orion announces:
The BBC cult plague drama of the 1970s is finally back in print!
Abby Grant, widowed by the plague, is sustained by hope that her son, who fled his boarding school at the onset, has survived. Determined to construct a new society from the surrounding wasteland, she joins with others to form a commune. The technology and skills of the old life are now obselete and the group must relearn the skills on which civilisation was built.
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 importantly, she must find her son.
Written by Terry Nation, who notably created Doctor Who’s mortal enemies, the Daleks. Survivors is a prescient and terrifying vision of a post-apocalyptic world.
A remake of the Survivors television series, starring Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon) and Julie Graham (William and Mary; Bonekickers), premiered on BBC One on 23 November. Set in the present day, the new series is based on the story arc of the novel, rather than that of the previous television series.
Terry Nation. 2008. Survivors. London: Orion Books. ISBN 978-1-40910264-9. £6.99