Orwell: The New Life
Over seventy years since his premature death, George Orwell (1903-50) has become one of the most significant figures in Western literature. His two dystopian masterpieces, Animal Farm (1945) and 1984 (1949), have together sold over one hundred million copies. Even now, he continues to exert a decisive influence on our understanding of international politics.
D.J.Taylor's new biography, the first full-length study for twenty years, draws on a wide range of previously unseen material - newly discovered letters to old girlfriends and professional colleagues, recollections from the dwindling band of people who remember him, new information about his life in the early 1930s - to produce a definitive portrait of this complex, driven and self-mythologising man.
Orwell: The Annotated Editions
David's annotated editions of Orwell's six novels continue with Coming Up For Air (1939) and Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936). Both titles, published by Constable in June 2022, contain Orwell's original text, an introduction, extensive footnotes and a selection of reviews and other relevant material.
Stewkey Blues: Stories
A new collection of 15 stories, set in David's home county of Norfolk.
'In his solid, grounded, entertaining collection of stories, DJ Taylor draws out the mythical qualities of East Anglia's terrain, urban or rural or somewhere marginal in between'
'Sharp, subtle stories'
Hephzibah Anderson, Observer
'No one should be deterred by the Norfolk setting, for only in the most literal sense is this provincial fiction. After Stewkey Blues, I for one would happily read Taylor about anywhere'
Andrew Rosenheim, Spectator