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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.[1]

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.[2][3]

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.



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  2. ^ Pick, The Last Valley, jacket.
  3. ^ Murray Ewing, The Violet Apple: The Life and Works of David Lindsay (2009)