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‘A creepily prescient tale . . . Insidiously horrifying!’ Margaret Atwood

‘A masterpiece of creeping dread.’ Emily St. John Mandel

‘Delicious and sexy and downright chilling . . . Read it!’ Rumaan Alam

‘A masterwork of English pastoral horror: eerie and bewitching.’ Claire-Louise Bennett

‘Deft, dread filled, hypnotic and hopeful. Completely got under my skin.’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave

‘I'm pretty wild about this paranoid, terrifying 1977 masterpiece.’ Lauren Groff

‘Lush, hypnotic, compulsive . . . A reminder of where groupthink leads.’ Eimear McBride

‘Crystalline . . . The signature of an enchantress.’ Edna O'Brien’

Kay Dick’s radical dystopian classic, lost for forty years, republished by Faber Editions with a new foreword by Carmen Maria Machado.

Books are confiscated
THEY are watching
Art galleries are purged
THEY are waiting
Subversives – writers, painters, the unmarried and the childless – are rounded up to be ‘cured’ of identity
THEY will not give up
A band of creatives remain
But THEY make it easy to forget . . .

 

Painting a nightmarish portrait of Britain, THEY begin with a dead dog, shadowy footsteps, confiscated books. Soon the National Gallery is purged; eerie towers survey the coast; savage mobs stalk the countryside destroying artworks – and those who resist.

THEY capture dissidents in military sweeps, ‘curing’ these subversives of individual identity.

Survivors gather together as cultural refugees, preserving their crafts, creating, loving and remembering. But THEY make it easier to forget . . .

Lost for over forty years, Kay Dick’s They (1977) is a rediscovered dystopian masterpiece of art under attack: a cry from the soul against censorship, a radical celebration of non-conformity – and a warning.

About the Author

Kay Dick was a novelist, writer and editor. Born in London in 1915, she worked at Foyles bookshop before becoming the first female director of an English publishing house aged 26, editing authors such as George Orwell. She later reviewed for the New Statesman, Times, Spectator and Punch, as well as editing The Windmill under a pseudonym. Dick wrote five novels including They (1977), which won the South-East Arts Literature Prize but swiftly went out of print until it was recently rediscovered. She also wrote three biographies, edited anthologies and campaigned for Public Lending Right. For twenty-two years Dick lived with her long-term partner, the novelist Kathleen Farrell, in Hampstead. She later moved to Brighton, where she continued to champion fellow writers until her death in 2001.

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The ‘creepily prescient’ (Margaret Atwood) dystopian ‘masterpiece’ (Emily St. John Mandel), lost for forty years: in a nightmarish Britain, THEY are coming closer…