• Taylor wins the biographical contest...[He] is an accomplished literary critic and he illuminates Orwell's work in the context of his life elegantly and expertly

  • Taylor's book has the unmistakable depth of flavour that comes from long, slow, careful cooking-pithy and fascinating

    Jan Dalley, Financial Times
  • Taylor writes with such skill and aplomb that it's impossible not to be swept along by the intelligence and observations

    Independent on Sunday
  • Taylor's biography is a persuasive and profoundly moving exploration of the ways in which Orwell's work was constructed from the stones of a ruined life-[it] is likely to prove in many ways definitive

    Daily Telegraph
  • Fetchingly original...Taylor's [biography] is pacy socio-journalism

    Ian Thomson, Scotland on Sunday

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