Kay Dick

The radical dystopian classic, lost for forty years: in a nightmarish Britain, THEY are coming closer…

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As heard on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row: the radical dystopian classic, lost for forty years: in a nightmarish Britain, THEY are coming closer…

‘A creepily prescient tale … Insidiously horrifying!’ Margaret Atwood
‘The signature of an enchantress.’ Edna O’Brien
‘A masterpiece of creeping dread.’ Emily St. John Mandel

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
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A masterpiece of creeping dread.

Emily St. John Mandel
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In quick crystalline prose, with its overarching dread, They is the signature of an enchantress.

Edna O'Brien
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Delicious and sexy and downright chilling ... Read it!

Rumaan Alam
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A short shocker: creepy, disturbing, distressing and highly enjoyable.

Andrew Hunter Murray
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A fascinating and rare book: prophetic and chilling and a bold reminder from the past that we have everything to fight for in the future.

Salena Godden

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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