Two writers enter, one writer leaves! Well, not literally – especially in this case, given our aversion to exhumation and necromancy. We’re less interested in post-mortem fisticuffs and more concerned with some high falutin’ comparing and contrasting. So, stick around while we pit two of the twentieth century’s most renowned dystopian novelists, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley, against one another by checking out their books’ popularity, the cultural and social consequences of their works at the time, and how their books have since gone on to change the world… Brace yourself!
He’s the creator of Double-Speak, the Thought Police and Big Brother, the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, numerous non-fiction books and journalism, one-time BBC producer, soldier and socialist. One of the greats, no doubt about it. But like many creative sorts, George Orwell had his idiosyncrasies and lesser know passions. Here’s five you might not know about.
There’s nothing out there to beat a book for escapism; after all, who wouldn’t rather be transported to Middle Earth, Tralfamadore, or even to the windswept Kansas prairies of Laura Ingalls Wilder rather than suffer through a dull day in work? But books aren’t all about fantastical transportation – they’re also about revolutionary inspiration! Words do have the power to change the world – and here’s ten empowering examples to rouse your fighting blood: