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Kay Dick was a novelist, writer and editor. Born in London in 1915, she worked at Foyles bookshop... Read More

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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.

Carmen Maria Machado is the celebrated author of a bestselling memoir, In the Dream House, as well as the award-winning short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of - among others - the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Shirley Jackson Award and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in places including the New Yorker, New York Times and Vogue, and she has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Yaddo. She lives in Philadelphia and is Abrams Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.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
'A masterpiece of creeping dread.' Emily St. John Mandel

This is Britain: but not as we know it.
THEY begin with a dead dog, shadowy footsteps, confiscated books. Soon the National Gallery is purged; eerie towers survey the coast; 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 half a century, newly introduced by Carmen Maria Machado, 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.

'Every bit as creepy, tense and strange as when I first read it 40 years ago.' Ian Rankin
'Delicious and sexy and downright chilling ... Read it!' Rumaan Alam
'Crystalline ... The signature of an enchantress.' Edna O'Brien
'I'm pretty wild about this paranoid, terrifying 1977 masterpiece.' Lauren Groff
'Deft, dread filled, hypnotic and hopeful. Completely got under my skin.' Kiran Millwood Hargrave
'Lush, hypnotic, compulsive ... A reminder of where groupthink leads.' Eimear McBride
'A masterwork of English pastoral horror: eerie and bewitching.' Claire-Louise Bennett
'A short shocker: creepy, disturbing, distressing and highly enjoyable.' Andrew Hunter Murray
'Prophetic, chilling and a reminder from the past that we have everything to fight for in the future.' Salena GoddenThe 'creepily prescient' (Margaret Atwood) dystopian 'masterpiece' (Emily St. John Mandel), lost for forty years: in a nightmarish Britain, THEY are coming closer.A creepily prescient tale in which anonymous mobs target artists for the crime of individual vision. Insidiously horrifying!In quick crystalline prose, with its over-arching dread, They is the signature of an enchantress.Every bit as creepy, tense and strange as when I first read it 40 years ago.A masterpiece of creeping dread.Delicious and sexy and downright chilling ... Read it!A succession of nine quietly horrifying stories from a dystopian, pastorally radiant England ... Confident strangeness ... Supple with dread ... It has taken global misfortune and some sliding toward the abyss for They to speak fully and be heard.Deft, dread-filled, hypnotic and hopeful. Completely got under my skin.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.Lush, strange, hypnotic, compulsive ... A reminder of where groupthink leads and the courage required to hold out.A short shocker: creepy, disturbing, distressing and highly enjoyable.I prefer to think of They as inimitable: innovative in structure but stylistically old-fashioned; futuristic yet nostalgic; an apocalyptic vision transcribed with childlike innocence ... Passionate and polemical ... Its menacing tale of persecuted artists and intellectuals as resonant today as it ever was.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.I'm pretty wild about this paranoid, terrifying 1977 masterpiece.Profoundly unsettling ... A radical backdrop for endless questions about art.The book of last year which has stayed with me most.

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Title: They
Author: Kay DickCarmen Maria Machado
SKU: BK0446651
EAN: 9780571370863

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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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