George Orwell

George Orwell

A Life


The authoritative biography of George Orwell, written with the cooperation of Orwell's widow.

‘In its thoroughness, and its mastery of a considerable volume of material, this is the definitive biography of Orwell.’ Sunday Times

‘It is hardly worth using up space to declare just how good it is. Different readers will come away from its seventeen pungent and packed chapters with diverse memories of its excellence.’ Guardian


  • Bernard Crick’s book is a triumph of the first order. It is an absorbing, scrupulous, original record…
    Michael Foot, New Standard

About the author

Bernard Crick

Bernard Crick (1922—2008), was a political philosopher and author of In Defence of Politics – hailed as a modern classic and in print since 1962. He is also author of the prize-winning George Orwell: A Life and of Essays on Citizenship and Crossing Borders.
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