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George Orwell Now!

Preface by Richard Blair, Son of George Orwell


Edited By Richard Lance Keeble

George Orwell remains an iconic figure today – even though he died in 1950. His dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four depicts a Big Brother society in which the state intrudes into the most intimate details of people’s lives – and, not surprisingly, it became a constant reference point after Edward Snowden’s revelations. The word «Orwellian» is constantly in the media – used either as a pejorative adjective to evoke totalitarian terror or as a complimentary adjective to mean «displaying outspoken intellectual honesty». Interest in Orwell’s life and writings – globally – continues unabated.
Beginning with a preface by Richard Blair, Orwell’s son, George Orwell Now! brings together thirteen chapters by leading international scholars in four thematic sections:
• Peter Marks on Orwell and the history of surveillance studies; Florian Zollmann on Nineteen Eighty-Four in 2014; Henk Vynckier on Orwell’s collecting project; and Adam Stock on ‘Big Brother’s Literary Offspring’
• Paul Anderson «In Defence of Bernard Crick»; Luke Seaber on the «London Section of Down and Out in Paris and London»; John Newsinger on «Orwell’s Socialism»; and Philip Bounds on «Orwell and the Anti-Austerity Left in Britain»
• Marina Remy on the «Writing of Otherness in Burmese Days and Keep the Aspidistra Flying»; Sreya Mallika Datta and Utsa Mukherjee on «Reassessing Ambivalence in Orwell’s Burma»; and Shu-chu Wei on Orwell’s Animal Farm alongside Chen Jo-his’s Mayor Yin
• Tim Crook on «Orwell and the Radio Imagination»; and editor Richard Lance Keeble on «Orwell and the War Reporter’s Imagination»
Peter Stansky, in an afterword, argues that Orwell is now more relevant than ever before.
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Paul Anderson is a lecturer in journalism at Brunel University and University Campus Suffolk. He was deputy editor of European Nuclear Disarmament Journal (1984–1987), reviews editor (1986–1991) and then editor (1991–1993) of Tribune, deputy editor of New Statesman & Society (1993–1996), news editor of Red Pepper (1997–1999) and deputy editor of New Times (1999–2000). From 2000 to 2012 he was a journalism lecturer at City University London. He has worked as a sub-editor on the Guardian since 1999. He was editor (with Mary Kaldor) of Mad Dogs: The US Raid on Libya (Pluto, 1986), and co-author (with Nyta Mann) of Safety First: The Making of New Labour (Granta, 1997).

Richard Blair is Patron of the Orwell Society (

Philip Bounds is a historian, journalist and critic. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Wales and is the author of a number of books, including Orwell and Marxism (2009), British Communism and the Politics of Literature (2012) and Cultural Studies (1999). His most recent book is a memoir of life on the British left entitled Notes from the End of History (2014).

Tim Crook is Reader in Media & Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London and Visiting Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University. He has written a number of books on radio, media law and other subjects as well as having a journalism career that spans nearly four decades.

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