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George Orwell

The Night Orwell Died

George Orwell’s biographer D.J. Taylor reconstructs the months, days and weeks prior to George Orwell’s death, with the help of select items and letters from the Orwell Archive, which is held at University College London.

1984
  • 1984

  • THE AUTHORATITIVE TEXT

    "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."

    The year is 1984. War and revolution have left the world unrecognisable. Great Britain, now known as Airstrip One, is ruled by the Party, led by Big Brother. Mass surveillance is everything and The Thought Police ensure no individual thinking is allowed.

    Winston Smith works at The Ministry of Truth, carefully rewriting history. But Winston dreams of freedom, and of rebellion. It is here that he falls in love with Julia, and starts a secret, forbidden affair with her - but in this world nothing can be kept secret, and they are forced to face consequences more terrifying than either of them could have ever imagined.

    A dystopian masterpiece, this is the powerful and prophetic novel that defined the twentieth century.

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT HARRIS

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

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