John Barclay Pick (26 December 1921 – 25 January 2015), often credited as J. B. Pick, was a British poet, novelist, and biographer. He was a Quaker and a conscientious objector during the Second World War, serving in the Friends' Ambulance Unit and then as a coalminer.
Pick was born in Leicester. He was married to Gene Pick with two children, both sons (Peter Pick and David Pick). Pick received his education at Sidcot School, a Quaker institution in Somerset. He attended Cambridge University for a year but left at the outbreak of Second World War to join the Friends' Ambulance Unit. In the 1980s he moved to live in Balmaclellan in Galloway.
Pick was the author of the novels Out of the Pit, The Lonely Aren't Alone, Under the Crust and A Land Fit for Eros, the last co-authored with John Atkins. He also wrote a number of short stories, articles, poetry, and nonfiction works. The Last Valley was his first book to be published in the United States.
- Pick, The Last Valley, jacket.
- Murray Ewing, violetapple.org.uk The Violet Apple: The Life and Works of David Lindsay (2009)
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