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George Orwell Day

On 21st January 1950, George Orwell died in London. In recognition of one of Britain’s greatest and most influential writers, Penguin Books, the Orwell Estate and The Orwell Prize are launching the inaugural ‘Orwell Day’ on 21st January with new editions of his most beloved books designed by David Pearson. The annual event will serve to celebrate his writing in all its forms and explore the profound influence he has had on the media and discourse of the modern world.


Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four

"Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death."

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he awakens to new possibilities. Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 …

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Russian Magic Tales
Animal Farm

‘All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.’

Orwell's chilling story of the betrayal of idealism through tyranny and corruption…Having got rid of their human master, the animals of Manor Farm look forward to a life of freedom and plenty. But as a clever, ruthless elite among them takes control, the other animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared in the old ways.

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Homage to Catalonia
Homage to Catalonia

'You always, I notice, feel the same when you are under heavy fire - not so much afraid of being hit as afraid because you don't know where you will be hit…'

In this chronicle of his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic and brutal episode in European history.

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Down and Out in Paris and London
Down and Out in Paris and London

'You have talked so often of going to the dogs – and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.' George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time among the desperately poor and destitute in London and Paris He painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor – sleeping in bug-infested hostels, working as a dishwasher in the vile 'Hôtel X', surviving on scraps and cigarette butts – in an unforgettable account of what being down and out is really like.

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Politics and the English Language
Politics and the English Language

'Language is a political issue, and slovenly use of language and cliches make it easier for those in power to deliberately use misleading language to hide unpleasant political facts.'

Politics and the English Language is widely considered Orwell's most important essay on style. Style, for Orwell, was never simply a question of aesthetics; it was always inextricably linked to politics and to truth. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer. Bad English, he believed, was a vehicle for oppressive ideology, and it is no accident that 'Politics and the English Language' was written after the close of World War II.

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