Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
It is the book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years Ruth Rendell 'Animal Farm is a timeless satire on the central tragi-comedy of all politics-that is, the tragi-comedy of corruption by power' Timothy Garton Ash Animal Farm has seen off all the opposition. It's as valid today as it was fifty years ago Ralph Steadman Remains our great satire of the darker face of modern history Malcolm Bradbury