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George Orwell's London

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Great Portland Street Station

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W1N 5HE

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George Orwell (1903 - 1950) was one of the finest writers of the 20th Century. Although best known as a novelist, he was also a prolific essayist, reviewer and correspondent. During WW2 he worked as a broadcaster for the Eastern Service of the BBC; unfortunately no known recording of his voice has survived.

He was born Eric Blair in colonial India. Having gone to Eton College on a scholarship, he then spent a few years unhappily in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. For the remaining inter-war period he developed his name as a writer, mainly based in or near London. A convinced Socialist, he scratched a living as a journalist for publications such as Tribune, The Listener, Time and Tide, and Horizon. In 1937, his six month participation as a NCO in the Spanish Civil War ended after he was almost killed with a gunshot wound to the throat. Orwell's novels were more admired than successful until he published the anti-Soviet Animal Farm in 1945. His masterpiece - Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in 1949, a matter of months before his death from lung disease at University College Hospital in January 1950, aged just 46.




Join us as we follow in Orwell's footsteps and explore how the life, sights and sounds of pre-war and wartime London had such a powerful influence on his work. Our tour begins at Great Portland Street Tube Station and takes us through well-known parts of the West End, before finishing at Rathbone Place (close to Oxford Street). There will be a short reading from the great man's work at each stop. We'll finish at one of Orwell's favourite pubs for drinks and lunch for those who fancy it (not included in price).


Our tour leaders are London Historians member and Blue Badge guide David Poyser; and Orwell aficionado Diarmaid Ward.

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