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Books: Washington's literary gent loses his place

A Week in Books

House of Lords: Peers `safeguard the constitution'

TONY BLAIR suffered another setback to his plans for Lords reform after peers backed calls to retain their power to stop prime ministers postponing a general election. They voted 283-177 during the House of Lords Bill's report stage for an amendment which would ensure no prime minister can extend the life of Parliament beyond five years.

Letter: Kosovo's new terror

Sir: Felicity Arbuthnot is entitled to her favourable opinion of Robert Fisk's anti-Nato polemics (letter, 15 June), but not to draw an analogy with George Orwell.

Rogue Trader: The week ahead

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Travel: UK - Finding a piece of quiet

Paul Buttle journeyed across Jura to track down the spartan retreat to which George Orwell escaped in order to write Nineteen Eighty-four

Hot gossip: the new career move

In this golden age of bad faith, one revealing anecdote is worth years of old-fashioned public loyalty

The savage satire of `1984' still speaks to us today

All that Orwell left out from this bleak view of what keeps the workers happy was television

King across the water

Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson HarperCollins pounds 24.99

Big brother snubs '1984' 50-year party

GALA celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell's classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four have collapsed amid bitter recriminations following his publishers' refusal to support the event.

Leading article: This `Orwellian future' is an allusion too far

MODERN SCIENCE is, of course, highly complex. So it is understandable that those embroiled in public debate should reach for metaphors to throw light on issues of a technical nature in order to engage the wider public. But when people in the public eye opt to replace scientific terms with phrases employing literary allusions, they should get the literature right. Otherwise, the argument becomes even more confused.

Arts: The elephant woman

Animal Farm, Watership Down, The Jungle Book... writers normally use animals in fiction to say something about human nature. In her ambitious novel about elephants, however, Barbara Gowdy is trying to tell us about them. By Rachel Halliburton

Should we dictate which books our children read?

FEW BOOKS in our lives will have the same kind of impact and influence as those we study as school texts. Few works will ever again be dredged like this, for meaning and symbol, structure and characterisation, cultural values and moral crises, poetic devices and dramatic effects. Few will be ploughed over so many times, in such detail, chapter by chapter, scene by scene. Few will be surrounded by so much argument, or rendered down to a formal game of right questions and answers, designed, as they say, to satisfy the examiners.

Cable and Satillite: Pick of the Day

RICHARD E GRANT'S screen persona was defined by his first major role - the wonderfully dissolute outsider in Withnail and I. There are touches of that in Keep the Aspidistra Flying (8.30pm Sky Premier), Robert Bierman's moderately successful evocation of the novel by George Orwell, which receives its first showing on satellite tonight. Grant (right) plays Gordon Gomstock, a disillusioned copywriter who packs it in to try out a more Bohemian lifestyle as a poet in grimy 1930s Lambeth. Helena Bonham Carter chips in lively support as his frigid girlfriend.

Verbal tangles unravelled by the dipsomaniac logomachist

Sometimes, when he's not in the pub, I welcome a visit from Dr Wordsmith, the language expert
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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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