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    • ISBN:9780575085312
    • Publication date:14 Oct 2010
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The Body Snatchers

By Jack Finney

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The classic novel of paranoia immortalised on film as THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.

Originally published in 1955 Jack Finney's sinister SF tale has outgrown the initial debate about whether it satirized Communism or the conformity of US society at the time, to become a classic of paranoia; an examination of our fear of 'the other'.

Most people know the story from seeing THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, the classic 1978 remake (one of the few Hollwood remakes said to better than the original, made in 1956) starring Donald Sutherland.

Here's your chance to read the original source; a story that has resonated with readers and viewers for more than 50 years.

Biographical Notes

Born in 1911, the American author Jack Finney wrote numerous SF novels, thrillers and mysteries, several of which were adapted to film. He was awarded the WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT in 1987. A long-time resident of California, he died in 1995.

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