Anna Funder: How George Orwell Wrote His Wife Out of His Story

Saturday Morning | 4 August 2023 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Anna Funder about her book Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life. Describes her work blending forensic research, fiction, life writing and criticism to put George Orwell’s wife, Eileen O’Shaughnessy, back into his story. Discusses Eileen’s contributions to Orwell’s life and work.

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Anna Funder is Her Own Wife

Read This | 12 July 2023 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Anna Funder about her book Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life. Discusses how George Orwell’s wife, Eileen O’Shaughnessy, contributed to his work and was erased from his story. Draws lessons about the role of patriarchy in O’Shaughnessy’s life, her own life, and society more generally.

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What Would Orwell Be Without Nineteen Eighty-Four?

The Book Club | 31 January 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Podcast marking the moment that George Orwell comes out of copyright. D. J. Taylor (author of On Nineteen Eighty-Four and Orwell: The Life) and Dorian Lynskey (author of The Ministry of Truth) discuss how Orwell speaks to us now, and how his reputation has weathered. Was he secretly a conservative? Was he a McCarthyite snitch? How would he be remembered had he died before writing Nineteen Eighty-Four? And does ‘Orwellian’ mean anything much at all?

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Nineteen-Eighty-Four Turns 70

Late Night Live – with Phillip Adams ABC RN | 26 June 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dorian Lynskey about his book The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell’s 1984. Discusses Orwell’s life and society’s relationship with the book we turn to when the truth is mutilated, language is distorted, and power is abused.

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Hitchens on Orwell

EconTalk | 17 August 2009 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with the late Christopher Hitchens about George Orwell. Drawing on his book Why Orwell Matters, Hitchens talks about Orwell’s opposition to imperialism, fascism, and Stalinism, his moral courage, and his devotion to language. Along the way, Hitchens makes the case for why Orwell matters.

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