First published in London by Chatto and Windus in 1936, and in New York by the Viking Press in 1937, The Croquet Player has never been subsequently reprinted. This is astonishing, given the extent to which this novella stands as a prescient forecast of the turmoil in Europe leading up to the start of World War Two and the events that happened in the war itself: 'little children killed in air-raids in the street'.This novella sees Wells at his brilliant best, in full narrative control of his fantastic fable.John Hammond is founder and President of the H. G. Wells Society.
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