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  • The book of the twentieth century...haunts us with an ever-darker relevance

  • His final masterpiece... Enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history

    New York Review of Books
  • Orwell remains the most indispensable English writer of his period

  • Matchlessly sharp and fresh... The clearest and most compelling English prose style this century

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • Many writers and journalists have tried to imitate his particular kind of clarity without possessing anything like his moral authority

    Peter Ackroyd, The Times

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