• "The book of the twentieth century...haunts us with an ever-darker relevance"

  • "His final masterpiece... Enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history"

    New York Review of Books
  • "Orwell remains the most indispensable English writer of his period"

  • "Matchlessly sharp and fresh... The clearest and most compelling English prose style this century"

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • "Many writers and journalists have tried to imitate his particular kind of clarity without possessing anything like his moral authority"

    Peter Ackroyd, The Times