Richard Blair, son of George Orwell, meets the actors playing his father and step-mother on the London stage in ‘Mrs Orwell’ by Tony Cox (Sunday August 20th 2017). Left to right: Rosie Ede (Nurse), Robert Stocks (Fred Warburg), Jimmy Walters (director?), Eleanor Blair, Cressida Bonas (Sonia Brownell), Richard Blair, Peter Hamilton Dyer (George Orwell), Quentin…Read more Richard Blair at ‘Mrs Orwell’
A work admired by George Orwell, whose plagiarism by W. A. Darlington he deplored A Victorian author that George Orwell knew well was F. Anstey. In his essay on humourous writers, ‘Funny But Not Vulgar’ (July 1945), he praised Anstey’s Vice Versa (filmed several times). Anstey’s name, though, had come up years before. In…Read more The Brass Bottle of 1900
Ann Kronbergs, who has recently joined the Orwell Society Committee with an interest in education, offers this overview George Orwell and the 21st Century Secondary School Curriculum How far does the curriculum encourage access to George Orwell’s work in our schools in England and Wales? Here follows a brief review of the current…Read more Teaching Orwell
In 1996, the letter below was written to, and published by, Geoff Bradley, the editor of CADS: Crime and Detective Stories. 27 April 1996 Dear Mr Bradley, Thank to the skills of Jamie Sturgeon's booksearch, I was reading Alan Clutton-Brock's Murder At Liberty Hall, first published in February 1941 by John…Read more Did George Orwell ghost at “Liberty Hall”?
On Friday July 21st, 2017, members of the Orwell Society, in two parties, visited University College London to see part of the Orwell Archive. OS Secretary Neil Smith thanks archivist Gill Furlong for allowing and organising this visit, and thanks her staff who curated each desk display. Long-time Orwell Society member David Harding took these…Read more From the Orwell Archive, July 2017
In 1997 Orwell Society member L J Hurst wrote the letter below to Geoff Bradley, the editor of specialist magazine CADS: Crime and Detective Stories. Thanks to book searches by Jamie Sturgeon and Ralph Spurrier I now have the three editions of James Hadley Chase's No Orchids For Miss Blandish. Three? you ask, but…Read more Some confusion over Miss Blandish
In different parts of the UK women seem to have been debarred from working as teachers once they married, in some parts they could continue. Wherever they worked they were paid less than men for the same degree of teaching. In fact, equality was delayed, and one commentator condemned the machinations consequent on it. On…Read more Cricket as a metaphor for sexual equality