A Christmas challenge to you all!

What are the other five books in George Orwell’s list?

Orwell wrote… a book which it seems impossible for me to grow tired of … If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed, I would certainly put Gulliver’s Travels among them.’


George Orwell never named the other five books he would preserve if only six were to be saved.

Do you think he had a real list of six books?
If so, what were the other five apart from Gulliver’s Travels?
If he did not have a list but asked you to help him write one, which others would you help him choose?

Why not hand out paper and pencils to your guests this Christmas and then compare lists of your own six most important books.

There are no prizes other than the chance of good conversation.

On the Orwell Prize website: ‘Politics Vs Literature: An Examination of Gulliver’s Travels’.

Wikipedia article, from which our illustration is taken.

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