The Orwell Society's visit to the Hertfordshire village of Wallington, home of George and Eileen Orwell from 1936, was a memorable experience for our members. Judi and Keith Williamson share their memories of the day. * * June 9th would have been the wedding anniversary of George and Eileen Orwell, who were married at St…Read more In the Footsteps of Orwell and Eileen
An introduction to Orwell’s Spain by Oscar Clarke * * Oscar Clarke last wrote for us on George Orwell as Britain stood up to totalitarianism. Now he describes the work of Franz Borkenau, who like Orwell had been on the ground in Spain, and whom Orwell came to know personally after Borkenau took refuge in…Read more The Spanish Cockpit
In 1946 George Orwell wrote his "Confessions of a Book Reviewer". We asked new member Peter Chappell to describe life for the aspiring journalist of today * * In a cold but stuffy room littered with pens and charging cables, the figure sits at a crowded table, balancing a glowing laptop on the debris. Small…Read more Confessions of a 2019 Book Reviewer
The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey – a discussion by the author at Five Leaves bookshop, Nottingham. Thursday July 4th 2019. A report by Benedict Cooper George Orwell left London for Catalonia on December 22nd 1936. He fled Barcelona in fear for his and Eileen’s life six months later, hastily across the…Read more ‘The Ministry of Truth’ at Five Leaves Bookshop
A Band of Orwell Devotees Finds Out by Carol Biederstadt As the laws of coincidence would have it, exactly seventy years to the day after George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published, a small band of 20 Orwellites gathered to spend the day paying homage to the writer in the village of Wallington in Hertfordshire,…Read more Where’s Wallington?
by Tom Miller * The only thing the matter with Nineteen Eighty-Four is its title. Though Orwell was probably intelligently inverting the year of the book's creation, nineteen forty-eight, the expression Nineteen Eighty-Four lacks the sting of Brave New World. Airstrip One is a better coinage, because Britain in World War II and the Cold…Read more Timeline: Airstrip One
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’