Seventy years ago, on June 8, 1949, publisher Secker and Warburg released the long-awaited dystopian novel by George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four was to be his final great work. Orwell died in London less than a year later and was buried in the Oxfordshire village of Sutton Courtenay. The gravestone makes no mention of his famous pen name, instead engraved with the epitaph “Here lies Eric Arthur Blair, born June 25th 1903, died January 21st 1950”.
There are few clues to Blair’s existence in the Suffolk seaside town of Southwold either. The writer returned here during the 1930s after serving with the police in Burma – Knype Hill also became the fictional name for Southwold in his novel A Clergyman’s...
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