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The anti-aging novel – Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham


Forgotten book of the day is Trouble With Lichen by John Wyndham – a little piece of science fiction published in 1960 that resonates quite strongly with today’s beauty and pharmaceutical industries. I love the understated title alone – no science fiction book would dream of having such a soft title these days.

The novel is about a biochemist who discovers that a chemical extracted from a rare type of lichen can drastically slow down the aging process to the extent that people can live for 300 years. The story details the various reactions to something that can revolutionize modern life. Penguin republished the book in 2008, sparking this article in The Guardian.

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Richard Davies

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