The Tide Went Out


A classic yet topical British novel of environmental disaster, first published in 1958. Reissued in the successful Science Fiction Classics series.

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“If only they knew what was really in his mind . . . But they wouldn’t believe. They wouldn’t understand the cold single-mindedness of a desperate man.”

When London journalist Philip Wade learns that his article on nuclear weapons testing has been censored by the British government, he is prompted to investigate the truth that lies behind it. Philip’s search leads to a mysterious job offer in a newly-formed government department, and he soon realizes the lasting damage that the nuclear tests have caused. The country is rife with uncertainty and distrust – then the water levels start to drop.

This gripping apocalyptic novel, originally published in 1958, asks pertinent questions about censorship and the potential for violence in the face of disappearing resources. The Tide Went Out outlines the horrors that arise when we are forced to ask the question: ‘what happens when the water runs out?’

About the author: Charles Eric Maine was the pseudonym of David McIlwain (1921–1981), a prolific writer of science fiction novels in the 1950s and 1960s. His stories often feature a fast-paced thriller plot that experiments with the boundaries of new scientific technology.

Charles Eric Maine. With an introduction by Mike Ashley.
British Library Publishing
Publication date
January 2019
190 x 130 mm

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