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Barnhill with Norman Bissell

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We are delighted to welcome Norman Bissell to the bookshop to celebrate the launch of his new novel Barnhill, based on George Orwell's time living on Jura as he wrote his enduring dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four.

George Orwell left post-war London for Barnhill, a remote farmhouse on the Isle of Jura, to write what became Nineteen Eighty-Four. He was driven by a passionate desire to undermine the enemies of democracy and make plain the dangers of dictatorship, surveillance, doublethink and censorship.

Typing away in his damp bedroom overlooking the garden he created and the sea beyond, he invented Big Brother, Thought Police, Newspeak and Room 101 – and created a masterpiece.

Barnhill tells the dramatic story of this crucial period of Orwell’s life. Deeply researched, it reveals the private man behind the celebrated public figure – his turbulent love life, his devotion to his baby son and his declining health as he struggled to deliver his dystopian warning to the world.


NORMAN BISSELL’s first poetry collection Slate, Sea and Sky features poems written in his native Glasgow and on the Isle of Luing where he now lives in sight of Jura. His work has been widely published in newspapers, books and journals, and he has spoken at many festivals and cultural events, including Glasgow’s Aye Write! Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Between 2011 and 2013 he wrote a feature length film script about George Orwell’s last years. In 2014, he received a Creative Scotland artist’s bursary for research and professional development to write Barnhill which he completed in summer 2017.




For more information, or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact the Blackwell's Edinburgh events team on 0131 622 8237 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

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