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George Orwell and William Shakespeare

George Orwell aka Eric Blair (1903-50) is now clearly second only to Shakespeare in the pantheon of English literary giants. In our current contemporary context, […] 

#MyHouseofSky #JABaker #review and my #reading in December

“There is no mysterious essence we can call a ‘place’. Place is change. It is motion killed by the mind, and preserved in the amber […] 

Dæmon Voices #review and my #reading in November

Philip Pullman’s Dæmon Voices – Essays on Storytelling is pleasurable reading for English teachers, students, writers and anyone who loves stories. Best known for the […] 

La Belle Sauvage #BookofDust #review and my #reading in October

“But the meaning of a book is never just what the author thinks it is. It’s a great mistake to rely on the author to […] 

#Autumn #TropicofCancer #review and my #reading in August

I want to show you our world as it is now: the door, the floor, the water tap and the sink, the garden chair close […] 

#STC1984 #Orwell A New Adaptation by Icke & MacMillan #review and my #reading in July

“I think we’ve ended up being incredibly faithful to the book.” Duncan MacMillan George Orwell’s last novel, published in 1949, was not expected to have […] 

#Churchill and #Orwell: The Fight for Freedom #review and my #reading in June

“The Struggle to see things as they are is perhaps the fundamental driver of Western civilisation. There is a long direct line from Aristotle and […] 

#UtopiaforRealists #review and my #reading in May

Consider this: The word utopia means both “good place” and “no place.” What we need are alternative horizons that spark the imagination. And I do […] 

The Handmaid’s Tale #review and my #reading in April

“Our big mistake was teaching them to read. We won’t do that again.” The Handmaid’s Tale p. 307 I suspected re-reading The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood prior […] 

The Green Bell #review and my #reading in March

This is my madness, and I can’t tell it as it is. Madness is anti-story, anti-chronology, anti-plot, anti-character. It breaks language. It throws mud in […] 

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