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George Orwell - Gordon Bowker

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780349115511
Number Of Pages: 512

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Gordon Bowker's biography includes material which brings the writer's life into unfamiliar focus. Bowker writes revealingly about Orwell's family background, the lasting influence of Eton on his work and character, his superstitious streak and youthful flirtation with black magic, and his chaotic and reckless sex life, which included at least one homoerotic relationship. It highlights the strange circumstances of his first marriage and provides evidence of his experiences in Spain and their nightmarish consequences. It also offers a fresh look at his peculiar deathbed marriage to a woman 15 years his junior.

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Bowker's biography is that of a scholar... he has the ability to select the right detail and let it speak for itself - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Magisterial - DAILY MAIL

Prefacep. xi
The Inheritancep. 1
'The Golden Age'p. 13
Pathos and Nightmarep. 28
'Absorbing Wisdom Unawares'p. 51
'The Pain of Exile'p. 75
Picking up the Threadp. 96
Getting a Footingp. 116
The Invention of George Orwellp. 134
Tory Anarchist Meets James Joycep. 154
Journeys of Discoveryp. 180
The Spanish Betrayalp. 201
The Road to Moroccop. 228
One Character in Search of a Warp. 253
War of Wordsp. 281
Tribune of the Peoplep. 304
The Dark Side of Solitudep. 323
The Man Who Loved Islandsp. 348
The Nightmare and the Novelp. 366
The End of the Beginningp. 391
Life After Deathp. 419
Notesp. 435
Bibliographyp. 470
Acknowledgementsp. 472
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ISBN: 9780349115511
ISBN-10: 0349115516
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.6  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1