George Orwell

Books by George Orwell

George Orwell’s real name was Eric Blair (1903-1950). He died aged just 46, after writing landmark books of both fiction and nonfiction. Our interview about George Orwell is with his biographer, DJ Taylor, author of Orwell: The LifeThe interview is a great way to learn about both George Orwell’s life and his books, so if you’re at all interested in Orwell, please take the time to read it. Below, we’ve also listed Orwell’s books in the order they were written, with comments from experts about why they picked them as important and illuminating in their area of study. We’ve also included an excellent Penguin collection of his essays.

Interviews where books by George Orwell were recommended

The Best Political Satire Books, recommended by P. J. O’Rourke

Satire is humour used for a moral purpose, explains American political satirist P.J. O’Rourke—though it doesn’t have to be particularly funny and can be quite dark. Here, he chooses five classic works of political satire, books that lay bare the shortcomings of not only communism and fascism but also the two-party system and the quest for a perfect society where everyone is happy.

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