Pub Date 06 May 2019
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George Orwell left post-war London for Barnhill, a remote farmhouse on the Isle of Jura, to write what became Nineteen Eighty-Four. He was driven by a passionate desire to undermine the enemies of democracy and make plain the dangers of dictatorship, surveillance, doublethink and censorship.
Typing away in his damp bedroom overlooking the garden he created and the sea beyond, he invented Big Brother, Thought Police, Newspeak and Room 101 – and created a masterpiece.
Barnhill tells the dramatic story of this crucial period of Orwell's life. Deeply researched, it reveals the private man behind the celebrated public figure – his turbulent love life, his devotion to his baby son and his declining heath as he struggled to deliver his dystopian warning to the world.
'A rich, absorbing narrative that draws a convincing picture of the life of a great writer.' LEELA SOMA
'Through a literary lens, Bissell does for Orwell what Johnny Depp did for J.M Barrie in Finding Neverland. He brings the man most vibrantly alive.' ALASTAIR McINTOSH