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They

Kay Dick

Introduced by Carmen Maria Machado, the radical dystopian classic, lost for forty years: in a nightmarish Britain, THEY are coming closer…

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571370863
Date Published
03.02.2022
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Summary

Introduced by Carmen Maria Machado, the radical dystopian classic, lost for forty years: in a nightmarish Britain, THEY are coming closer…
‘A creepily prescient tale … Insidiously horrifying!’ Margaret Atwood
‘Deft, dread filled, hypnotic and hopeful. Completely got under my skin.’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave
‘A masterpiece of creeping dread.’ Emily St. John Mandel
‘Crystalline … The signature of an enchantress.’ Edna O’Brien
‘Lush, hypnotic, compulsive … A reminder of where groupthink leads.’ Eimear McBride
‘A masterwork of English pastoral horror: eerie and bewitching.’ Claire-Louise Bennett
‘I’m pretty wild about this paranoid, terrifying 1977 masterpiece.’ Lauren Groff

This is Britain: but not as we know it. THEY are coming closer . . .
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 – writers, painters, musicians, even the unmarried and childless – 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.

Critic Reviews

A creepily prescient tale in which anonymous mobs target artists for the crime of individual vision. Insidiously horrifying!

Margaret Atwood
Critic Reviews

Deft, dread filled, hypnotic and hopeful. Completely got under my skin.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Critic Reviews

A masterpiece of creeping dread.

Emily St. John Mandel
Critic Reviews

In quick crystalline prose, with its over-arching dread, They is the signature of an enchantress.

Edna O'Brien
Critic Reviews

A masterwork of English pastoral horror, as eerie and bewitching as the heavy head of a dark rose about to drop from its barbed stem.

Claire-Louise Bennett
Critic Reviews

Lush, strange, hypnotic, compulsive ... A reminder of where groupthink leads and the courage required to hold out.

Eimear McBride
KayDick

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…

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