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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.
A creepily prescient tale in which anonymous mobs target artists for the crime of individual vision. Insidiously horrifying!
A masterpiece of creeping dread.
In quick crystalline prose, with its overarching dread, They is the signature of an enchantress.
Delicious and sexy and downright chilling ... Read it!
A short shocker: creepy, disturbing, distressing and highly enjoyable.
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.
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