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John Christopher
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Born Sam Youd
(1922-04-16)16 April 1922
Huyton, Lancashire, England, UK
Died 3 February 2012(2012-02-03) (aged 89)
Bath, Somerset, England, UK
Pen name Christopher Samuel Youd (professional nonfiction), John Christopher (science fiction), and several others
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Alma mater Peter Symonds College
Genre Science fiction
Notable works
  • The Death of Grass
  • The Tripods
  • The Guardians
Notable awards Guardian Prize

Sam Youd (16 April 1922 – 3 February 2012), known professionally as Christopher Samuel Youd, was a British writer, best known for science fiction under the pseudonym John Christopher, including the novels The Death of Grass, The Possessors, and the young-adult novel series The Tripods. He won the Guardian Prize in 1971 and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1976.

Personal life

Christopher was born in Huyton, Lancashire. He was married to Joyce Fairbairn from 1946 until they divorced in 1978. They had five children: Nick, Rose, Liz, Sheila and Margret. He later was married to Jessica Ball until her death in 2001.

Christopher died from bladder cancer on 3 February 2012 in Bath, Somerset. He was 89.

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