Thomas M. Disch

The Prisoner
  • The Prisoner

  • 'I am not Number 6. I am not a prisoner. I am a free man.'
    This is the classic novel of the TV series The Prisoner, by cult author Thomas M. Disch. First published in 1968, this new edition celebrates the long-awaited remake of the series, from ITV1 and the producers of Mad Men, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel.
    Combining the power of a great spy thriller with Orwellian science fiction, The Prisoner follows a former British secret agent who has quit the force, only to find himself trapped in an anonymous place called the Village. Known only as 'Number 6,' he struggles to maintain his identity in the face of the nameless powers-that-be, who use increasingly sophisticated and terrifying methods to extract his secrets.

Thomas M. Disch is the author of more than twenty books and twelve collections of poetry. He is widely regarded as one of the masters of twentieth-century science fiction, and received the 1999 Hugo Award for The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. He died in 2008.

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