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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man: HG Wells

H.G. Wells's groundbreaking novella The Invisible Man is 120 years old this year but in so many respects could have been written yesterday. To say Wells was a writer ahead of his time is an understatement of Fighting Machine proportions ...

Invisible Man is one link in an incredible chain of visionary works that begins with The Time Machine in 1895, and includes the classics The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of the Worlds, The Sleeper Awakes and The First Men in the Moon.

The story of renegade scientist Griffin who discovers a means of invisibility, but not a way to reverse it, and his descent on a country inn in West Sussex – in a storm, of course – is both a cautionary tale and a brilliant one. It is comic, tragic and terrifying all at the same time.

The character Wells created in Griffin, swathed in his bandages, is now a SciFi icon – from James Whale’s legendary 1933 Universal Monster adaptation to the cult League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic by Alan Moore. SciFi fans of a certain vintage will even remember Illya Kuryakin himself, David McCallum, in the 1975 TV Series The Invisible Man.

Try audiobook extracts of the novel below, read by Cate Barratt.

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Watch the trailer for the classic 1933 movie adaptation ...
Or even Chevy Chase, in Memoirs of an Invisible Man
Or indeed listen to Queen, and The Invisible Man!