Two of the greatest and most influential works of the twentieth century, together in one edition: 1984, with an introduction by Charlotte Wood, and Animal Farm, with an introduction by Don Watson.
George Orwellâs novels about the dangers of tyranny, the corruption of the state and the enslavement of the individual are essential reading. In an era of doublespeak, they remain chillingly prophetic.
George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair (1903â1950), was a teacher, novelist and journalist. He also served his country including in the Home Guard during the Second World War. He later became the literary editor of the Tribune and wrote for the Observer and Manchester Evening News. The author of nine books, Orwell is best known for the allegorical Animal Farm (1945) and dystopian satire 1984 (1949). They have gone on the become two of the most influential books of the twentieth century.
âThere are no replacements for George Orwell, just as there are no replacements for a Bernard Shaw or a Mark Twainâ¦he pricked, provoked and badgered lazy minds, delighted those who enjoyed watching an original intelligence at work.â Time
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in what remains of a Britain ravaged by revolution. His every move is monitored by the Thought Police, who are responsible for detecting dissent against the Party and its leader, Big Brotherâand eliminating it. When he meets Julia, Winston thinks he might have found love, and a fellow loather of the Party. But when the pair are arrested and sent to the sinister Room 101 for re-education, their bondâand commitment to their shared causeâwill be tested to its limits.
George Orwellâs dystopian vision of a world enslaved by doublethink and thoughtcrime is as terrifying now as it was on its initial publication in 1949. One of the great classics of the twentieth century, 1984 is a startlingly original and arresting novel about tyranny and the universal struggle of the individual against the malevolent tendencies of the modern state.
George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair (1903â1950) was a teacher, novelist and journalist. He also served his country, including in the Home Guard during the Second World War. He later became the literary editor of the Tribune and wrote for the Observer and Manchester Evening News. The author of nine books, Orwell is best know for the allegorical Animal Farm (1945) and dystopian satire 1984 (1949). They have gone on to become two of the most influential books of the twentieth century.
âRight up there among my favourite booksâ¦I read it again and again.â Margaret Atwood
âThe book of the twentieth centuryâ¦haunts us with an ever-darker relevance.â Independent
âA profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating bookâ¦Orwellâs theory of power is developed brilliantly.âNew Yorker
âA book that goes through the reader like an east wind, cracking the skinâ¦Such are the originality, the suspense, the speed of writing and withering indignation that it is impossible to put the book down.âV. S. Pritchett
âA remarkable book; as a virtuoso literary performance it has a sustained brilliance that has rarely been matched in other works of its genreâ¦It is as timely as the label on a poison bottle.âNew York Herald Tribune
'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.'
Drunken Mr Jones of Manor Farm has neglected his livestock for too long. In a burst of insurgent fervour they rise up and he is deposed, with the pigs taking charge of the newly named Animal Farm. Everything runs smoothly, productivity soars, and all animals are well-fed and happy.
But the further away the memory of the revolution, the more distant seem its ideals, and when Boxer the workhorse is betrayed, the horrifying extent of the pigs' corruption is revealed.
Orwell's 'fairy story', a scathing satire of Soviet communism, is as potent now as it was in 1945. Animal Farm is one of literature's most electrifying examinations of power and corruption.
George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair (1903 - 1950) was a teacher, novelist and journalist. He also served his country, including in the Home Guard during the Second World War. He later became the literary editor of the Tribune and wrote for the Observer and Manchester Evening News. The author of nine books, Orwell is best know for the allegorical Animal Farm (1945) and dystopian satire Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). They have gone on to become two of the most influential books of the twentieth century.
'A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable.' New York Times
'There are no replacements for George Orwell, just as there are no replacements for a Bernard Shaw or a Mark Twain...he pricked, provoked and badgered lazy minds, delighted those who enjoyed watching an original intelligence at work.' Time
'A book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.' Ruth Rendell
'Timeless, even transcendent.' Christopher Hitchens
'Absolutely first rate.' New Yorker
A gorgeous new edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, with an introduction by Melina Marchetta
All the bright young things go to Jay Gatsby's Long Island parties. Yet Gatsby himself is reserved and mysterious. He seems always to be waiting for something or someone. When he finally draws the beautiful Daisy Buchanan back into his orbit, he sets in motion a series of tragedies. And F. Scott Fitzgerald gives us what many consider to be the greatest American novel - a crystalline portrait of a society captivated by status and ambition, and a man doomed in love.
Baz Lurhmann's spectacular film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, is due for release in Australia in 2013.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul Minnesota, in 1896, and published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. His masterpieces include The Beautiful and the Damned and Tender is the Night. He died at the age of fourty-four. After his death, New York Times said that Fitzgerald 'was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a generation.'
Melina Marchetta is the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi and The Piper's Son.
'It is the American masterwork, the finest work of fiction by any of this country's writers.' Washington Post
'[Fitzgerald's] talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings.' Ernest Hemingway
A new short story from one of America’s freshest voices. Robin Black’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Colorado Review, Bellevue Literary Review, One Story, and the anthology The Best Creative Nonfiction. She has three times received Special Mention from The Pushcart Prizes, and has a ‘Notable Essay’ in Best American Essays 2008. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.
When Carl Forsythe bumps into Beth at Bewley Manor, his ancestral home, all he can think about is their night of searing passion years ago. Then he meets little James, her son – his son? – the secret she’s been keeping for all that time...
Brumby's Run tells the story of Samantha Carmichael, a young woman whose life is turned upside down when she discovers she was adopted – and that she has a twin sister, who is now critically ill. With little warning, Sam finds herself looking after her newfound sister's farm, high in the Victorian Alps. What starts as a daunting challenge soon becomes a wholehearted tree change, as Sam grows to love the property and the locals – especially handsome mountain cattleman Drew Chandler. But is Sam's sister ready to really accept her into her life? And can Sam truly leave the city behind?
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