GEORGE ORWELL: A LIFE IN LETTERS

GEORGE ORWELL
560pp ILLUS 2013 LIST PRICE: £25.00 B888

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Personal as well as political, Orwell's letters offer a window into the mind of a phenomenal man. We are privy to snatched glimpses of his family life: his son Richard's developing teeth, the death of his wife Eileen, and his own illness. Candid portraits of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, his opinions on bayonets and on the chaining of German prisoners display his talent as a political writer; and letters to friends and his publisher provide an unique insight into the development and publication of some of the most important novels in the English language.

Compelling . . . unlike a conventional biography, the character of the subject comes through undiluted. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH