The War of the Worlds by H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown
  

The War of the Worlds

Written by H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown
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With the original first published over 100 years ago this retelling of The War of the Worlds will once you've read it make you realise how fragile a world we live in and the threat to extinction hangs over us just as did in H G Wells' lifetime. Its themes of survival, invasion, humanity and destiny are strong throughout even in this retelling of just 64pp. This retelling is a great introduction for children to the original novel as well as a wonderful re-reminder to adults who might have read it in years go by or feel they should have read it but never had the time.

From Jordan, aged 8:

'I liked the description of the Martians. I think he was really lucky to escape. Lots of people didn't.'

This and the other retellings by Real Reads are a fantastic way to introduce young children to some of the best-known and best-loved classics; beautifully presented and skilfully retold (and condensed – 64 pages in total) and illustrated, they are true to the original plot, capture something of the flavour and tone of the original work, while simplifying the narrative and dialogue. They’re primarily aimed for younger readers – 8-13 year olds but are also a great ‘quick fix’ for teenagers and adults.

Real Reads will develop a confidence and enthusiasm in some Classic literature and perhaps even to address the original, something that is nurtured in the ‘Taking Things Further’ section of every Real Read. For others, who might never have tackled the originals, Real Reads make accessible great stories, great characters and important moral debates which they might otherwise never have encountered.

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The War of the Worlds by H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown

About the Author

Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His career as an author was fostered by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke his leg and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book which he could find. Wells was awarded a scholarship and furthered his education at the Normal School of Science in London. It was at the Normal School that Wells came under the wing of the famous biologist Thomas H. Huxley. Wells' "science fiction" (although he never called it such)was clearly influenced by his studies at the Normal School and his interest in biology.

H.G. Wells gained fame with his first major fiction work: The Time Machine in 1895. Soon after the publication of this book, Wells followed with The Island of Dr. Moreau (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and perhaps his most famous popular work: The War of the Worlds (1898).

Over the years Wells became concerned with the fate of human society in a world where technology and scientific study were advancing at a rapid pace. For a period he was a member of The Fabian Society, a group of social philosophers in London. Wells's later works became less science fiction and more social critique.

The accuracy of the "science" in Wells's work has often been called into question. It is rumored that Wells and the French novelist Jules Verne actually criticized each other's writing. Wells's claim was that "Verne couldn't write himself out of a paper sack" and Verne accused Wells of having "scientifically implausible ideas." The science may not be accurate, but the adventure and philosophy in those books makes Wells' early science fiction fun and fascinating to read.

Eric Brown was born in 1960 and lives in Keighley in Yorkshire. He has been short listed for the British Science Fiction Award 5 times and won it in 2002.

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Paperback
64 pages

Author

H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown
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Publisher

Real Reads

Publication date

30th January 2009

ISBN

9781906230128

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