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George Orwell

George Orwell

‘Adds enormously to our understanding of the man’ Evening Standard

George Orwell was one of the greatest writers England produced in the last century. He left an enduring mark on our language and culture, with concepts such as ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Room 101.’ His reputation rests not only on his political shrewdness and his sharp satires (Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four) but also on his marvellously clear style and superb essays, which rank with the best ever written.

Gordon Bowker’s new biography includes fascinating new material which brings Orwell’slife into unfamiliar focus. He writes revealingly about Orwell’s family background; the lasting influence of Eton on his work and character; his superstitious streak and youthful flirtation with black magic; and his chaotic and reckless sex life, which included at least one homoerotic relationship. It highlights the strange circumstances of his first marriage and provides remarkable new evidence of his experiences in Spain and their nightmarish consequences. It also offers a fresh look at his peculiar deathbed marriage to a woman fifteen years his junior. All this has enabled Bowker to give Orwell’s life a brilliantly fresh and distinctive interpretation.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

On Sale: 1st April 2004

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780349115511

Reviews

Magisterial
Daily Mail
The strength of his approach lying in his careful and judicious sifting of the evidence, and in the writing, which possesses an admirable clarity that Orwell himself would have appreciated
Independent
Bowker's biography is that of a scholar... he has the ability to select the right detail and let it speak for itself
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
An exhilaratingly crowded book
INDEPENDENT
In all his complex contradictions, Orwell comes to energetic life
Publishers Weekly
Invaluable... superb and fascinating biography adds enormously to our understanding of the man
Evening Standard
Magisterial
DAILY MAIL
Invaluable... superb and fascinating biography adds enormously to our understanding of the man
EVENING STANDARD
Bowker's biography is that of a scholar... he has the ability to select the right detail and let it speak for itself
Sunday Telegraph
[Orwell is].a voice that speaks as urgently to our times as it did to his
Economist