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Hardback and paperback covers of the two Survivors tie-in novels
Survivors novelisations

Two tie-in Survivors novels were published in the 1970s. In 1976, Survivors, written by programme creator Terry Nation, was published in hardback by Weidenfeld and Nicholson and in paperback by Futura. The work was also later published in the USA and in Italy. Nation’s novel is a ‘re-imagining’ of the events of the first half of series one, which then departs from the TV storyline to explore a far wider and more ‘epic’ vista than it was possible to realise on a BBC series budget — focusing on the efforts of a group of British survivors to relocate to the more hospitable climes of Mediterranean Europe.

Survivors: Genesis of a Hero, published in the UK in 1977, was authored under the pen name of John Eyers — the identity of the real author (Peter Hill) has only recently been disclosed. In the vein of ‘the apocalyptic adventure story’, Genesis of a Hero offered a fast-moving and frequently violent sequel to Nation’s original novel, which departs from the established TV canon completely. Less concerned with issues of character, or the complexities of the human predicament in an end-of-the-world setting, Genesis of a Hero offers a striking alternative vision to Nation’s own — in which the character of David Grant (never seen on screen in the TV series, though repeatedly refered to) takes centre stage in a Britain plunged into a civil war between feuding gangs of warlords.

Both long since out of print, copies of both novelisations can occasionally be found on internet auction and second-hand book sites — often at considerable cost.

Bibliographic details

Terry Nation. 1976. Survivors, London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, ISBN 0297771078 (hbk), 205p, 23cm.

Terry Nation. 1976. Survivors, London: Futura Publications, ISBN 0860071707 (pbk), 205p, 18cm.

John Eyers. 1977. Survivors: Genesis of a Hero, London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, ISBN 0297773364 (hbk), 189p, 23cm.

John Eyers. 1977. Survivors: Genesis of a Hero, London: Futura Publication, ISBN 0860075583 (pbk), 189p, 18cm.

Front cover of Orion 2008 Survivors novelisation

New 2008 edition

To coincide with the transmission of the new series of Survivors on BBC One in November 2008, Orion released a new edition of Terry Nation's original Survivors novelisation.

The new edition uses, as its main illustration, a detail from the BBC group promotional shot, featuring Greg (Paterson Joseph), Abby (Julie Graham), Tom (Max Beesley) and Jenny (Freema Ageyman).

This new edition also features the cover flash "Now a major TV series".

Terry Nation. 2008. Survivors. London: Orion Books. ISBN 978-1-40910264-9. £6.99

 
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Front cover of The End of the World?: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Survivors

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The End of the World?

An authoritative and comprehensive guide to all aspects of Survivors is provided in The End of the World?: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Survivors, co-authored by Rich Cross and Andy Priestner. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photos, the book includes: Guides to the production of each of the three series of the show; reviews and analysis of all 38 episodes; assessments of the core themes of each series; character and location guides... and much more besides.

Published by Telos Publishing in December 2005, the title is currently out of print. An announcement about plans for the publication of an updated edition of the book will be made in 2016.


 

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