Friday 02 September 2011
The British author P. G. Wodehouse, best known for his Jeeves and Wooster stories, was in the news recently with the release of his MI5 files. A contemporary of Orwell’s, Wodehouse was interned by the Nazis in 1941 and controversially broadcast from Nazi Germany.
Orwell Prize at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
- Saturday 15th October, 10am: ’Victorian Values’ with Shiv Malik and Owen Jones
- Sunday 16th October, 6pm: ‘The Political Network’ with Graeme Archer and Oliver Kamm
From the archive
- The Independent on Sunday writes about our new hop-picking diary blog
- The FT’s Simon Kuper, inspired by Orwell’s ‘Politics and the English Language’, writes about the words and phrases he’d like to see banned
- A reader writes, ‘Do you have any podcasts of Orwell’s voice?’ We answer with this D. J. Taylor essay…
- …and you can also read the script of one of his Voice programmes for BBC radio
- Orwell’s old pub landlady speaks to BBC Radio 4 (22.20 in) about her famous customer and his tankard. Orwell gives his take on the perfect pub in ‘The Moon Under Water’
- Homage to Catalonia makes TIME’s top 100 non-fiction books
- One of India’s biggest English-language newspapers, The Hindu, republished Orwell’s ‘A Hanging’ as part of its campaign against capital punishment
- Football transfer deadline day in the UK makes it a good time to revisit Orwell’s ‘A Sporting Spirit’, which includes a link to some newsreel of a football match he mentions
- Christopher de Bellaigue’s Rebel Land – shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2010 – makes The Guardian’s top 10 books on Turkey
- Francis Spufford, longlisted for this year’s Book Prize, writes about Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate – Orwell editor Peter Davison compares Grossman and Orwell in this video from the 2010 Cheltenham Festival
- Oliver Bullough, shortlisted for Let Our Fame Be Great, joins twitter – read the first chapter on our website
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