Where’s Wallington?

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?

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Timeline: Airstrip One

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

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