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.
Orwell had a profound effect on modern thought and writing. Even if you haven’t read his books you will probably know their names and the catch phrases and titles: 1984, Animal Farm, “four legs good, two legs bad” and so on. I can’t remember which book I read first but I do remember enjoying his lesser known writing – Burmese Days and Shooting an Elephant (you can read it in this really interesting anthology).
A quick look at our catalogue reveals a good haul of Orwell’s works both fiction and non- fiction and in more than one language. We also have them as audio books. And of course even good old Cliff’s notes (and a new cheat sheet for me – Brodie’s notes). There is even a book of George Orwell sayings. So why not take a dip into unknown waters or revisit one of his classics.