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Cover for Chocky by Robert E. Schulz.
Early edition paperback cover
Author John Wyndham
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Michael Joseph
Publication date 1968
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-7451-0059-7
OCLC Number 11366251
Preceded by Trouble with Lichen

Chocky is a science fiction novel by John Wyndham, first published in 1968 by Michael Joseph.[1]. The BBC produced a radio adaption by John Tydeman in 1967. In 1984 a children's television drama based on the novel was shown on ITV in the UK.


Plot summary

Many children have imaginary friends but one father becomes rather concerned that his son, Matthew, is a bit old to have one. His concerns deepen as his son becomes increasingly distressed and blames it on arguments with this unseen companion. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the friend is far from imaginary, but is an alien consciousness communicating with Matthew's mind—a fact that is of intense interest to shadowy government forces.

Television series

Chocky, Chocky's Children and Chocky's Challenge, were based on the 1968 novel. They were written by Anthony Read and produced by Thames Television.

Radio Play

A radio version, adapted from the novel, following roughly the same plot, was made for BBC radio four in the late seventies and has been repeated on BBC7.

Film version

Steven Spielberg acquired film rights in September 2008, and is interested in directing.[2]


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