The Orwell Society is proud to feature an exclusive book review by the highly esteemed British novelist and writer D. J. Taylor, the author of two renowned biographies, Thackerary (1999), and Orwell: The Life (2003), which won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003. D. J. Taylor has published eleven novels, the most recent being The…Read more Edition of Orwell’s poems: ‘A triumph’
The Morning Star for April 20th 2015 carries a review of 'No Other Way: Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War 1936-39' by Chris Farman, Valery Rose and Liz Woolley (Oxford IBMC, £8) http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b918-Voluntary-valour-in-Spanish-civil-war#.VTVSjZMat_E Their reviewer writes, 'The authors do not court controversy — the much disputed role of George Orwell is dealt with sparsely. And…Read more George Orwell Always in the News: Number 1
The Unsung Artistry of George Orwell by Loraine Saunders, reviewed by John Rodden Ashgate Publishers159 pagesISBN 978-0-7546-6440-6 ‘Disclosing the integral aesthetic components of the distinctive style that Orwell developed in his early realistic novels of the 1930s, Loraine Saunders hits just the right note in her literary analysis of Burmese Days, A Clergyman’s Daughter, Keep…Read more The Unsung Artistry of George Orwell, review
The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell by John Rodden, reviewed by Peter Davisoned. John Rodden, 2007 (hardback 978-0-521-85842-7, £45; paperback 978-0-521-67507-9, £15.99). This excellent collection of essays by fifteen Anglo-American scholars, edited by the distinguished Orwell scholar, John Rodden comprises a Chronology, sixteen articles which ‘concentrate on the fiction and documentary writings, but they also…Read more Review of The Cambridge Companion to Orwell
David Lebedoff, The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War. New York: Random House, 2008. Who would make a suitable subject for a double biography? Wordsworth and Coleridge, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Morecambe and Wise, very well – but George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh? Wasn’t one of them left-wing and earnest,…Read more Douglas Kerr reviews Orwell & Waugh in Love and War
Peter Davison (ed.), Orwell: A Life in Letters reviewed by John Rodden, 20pds, 542pp., 2010. There are two ways to review this excellent new collection of George Orwell’s letters edited by Peter Davison. One can either highlight the original material that appears in the book, which is truly path-breaking. Or one can discuss the volume…Read more John Rodden reviews A Life in Letters
Ron Bateman reviews Peter Davison’s lecture ‘An Orwellian Nightmare’ at the Marlborough Literary festival. "He considered some interesting parallels between Orwell and the Russian War Correspondent Vasily Grossman.."