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Orwell’s Island : George, Jura and 1984

Les Wilson
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Saraband
Published: September 14, 2023
ISBN: 9781913393779
224 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


A revealing account of George Orwell’s late years, spent on the Scottish island of Jura, where he wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four―the novel that defined the twentieth century.

Revered across the globe for his incisive vision, Orwell wrote compelling literature that denounced totalitarian regimes and exposed the insidious nature of propaganda. His works are as influential and relevant today as they were decades ago. And yet this great writer was, even so, prone to irrational prejudice himself.

Orwell spent the last years of his life on the small Hebridean island of Jura, off Scotland’s West coast, where he wrote his tour de force of political fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four. It was one of the most significant and prescient novels of the twentieth century. And here he finally confronted his own demons.

No previous biography has revealed so much about Orwell’s later years or his time on Jura, despite this being where he created Big Brother, Thought Police and Room 101―creations still in common currency today.

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