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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book to anybody with an interest in George Orwell.
What did you like best about this story?
This doesn't replace Michael Sheldon's biography, but, rather, supplements it. If you have already read the Sheldon biography, this book is still worth reading/listening to; if you haven't read Sheldon this book is a decent substitute.
What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
John Lee is a competent narrator, but as this is a non-fiction book the narration isn't particularly important.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I very much doubt that this book will ever be made in to a film.
Any additional comments?
If you've read (or listened) to 1984 or Animal Farm, this book is a good survey of Orwell's life and work.
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What did you like most about George Orwell?
Some years ago I read the excellent biography of Orwell by Bernard Crick, published in 1980. I anticpated this book would present the findings of scholarship in the intervening years. In part it did, particularly with regards to material on Eileen Blair, Orwell / Eric Blair's first wife. The book though clearly was conceived as a literary essay, which then formed the basis of this book. Therefore, if you want a biography of Orwell there are far better books that this. If you are familiar already with Orwell's life, this book is not without merit. Orwell's Englishness and his conception of England is an interesting approach to understanding this brilliant and yet often contradictory of writers. More so perhaps at this time, post Brexit, when once more the concept of Englishness and what it is that defines this nation is to the fore.