‘End of the Century, 1984’

  Fifteen years before the publication of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four his wife Eileen had already written and published a poem about 1984. In an extract from her forthcoming biography, Eileen: The Making of George Orwell, author Sylvia Topp describes the poem and the state of the world in which it was published in…Read more ‘End of the Century, 1984’

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The Difficult Birth of ‘Never Come Back’

  In 2015 we published an article, an exchange between Richard Young and L J Hurst, on the delays and puzzling editions of John Mair's thriller Never Come Back. Never Come Back had made a big impression on George Orwell when he reviewed it in 1941, and it may have been one of the paranoid…Read more The Difficult Birth of ‘Never Come Back’

Orwell, David Astor and the Making of Nineteen Eighty-Four

By Richard Lance Keeble Two new excellent ‘biographies’ of Nineteen Eighty-Four celebrate in different ways the 70th anniversary of its publication. Both Dorian Lynskey (in The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984, Picador) and D. J. Taylor (in On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography, Abrams Press) manage to offer new insights and information.…Read more Orwell, David Astor and the Making of Nineteen Eighty-Four