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A Journal of the Flood Year, By David Ely

First published in 1992, this novel about one man's fight against the authorities has become something of a classic of dystopian futuristic fiction. Given the increasing conviction of the environmental argument in the past 15 years, it is now even more timely, and if its essential premise (a lone voice speaks out against the official version) is not too original, its plausibility is rarely in doubt.

Greg Smith: Producer of the 'Confessions' films

Greg Smith was the producer behind the hugely successful Confessions movies of the 1970s. The series' mixture of slapstick humour, big-name stars, double entendres and nudity made X-certificate films almost respectable and sounded the death knell for the less explicit Carry On films.

Margareta Pagano: Now's the time for Cameron to set the battle lines

Tories need to take on Brown the class warrior

Cockburn wins top journalism award

The Independent's foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn has won the 2009 Orwell Prize, the most prestigious award for political writing in British journalism. His reports from Iraq in both The Independent and the London Review of Books were hailed by the judges as "an exemplary untangling of the political and social complexity that lies behind one of the world's great crises". They praised the manner in which Cockburn's work "enriches our understanding".

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The Blitz tragedy that Churchill erased from history

At the time it was hushed up. But now survivors of Britain’s worst civilian tragedy, the Bethnal Green Tube shelter disaster, want a dignified memorial for its 173 victims, reports Jerome Taylor

Scots look for stars in the Evans

Thom and Max Evans were both schooled at Wellington College in Berkshire. So was Eric Arthur Blair, or George Orwell as he preferred to be known when he wrote "Down And Out In Paris And London".

Sir Bernard Crick: Political theorist and Orwell biographer who advised the Government on citizenship teaching in schools

Bernard Crick was an academic who wrote two books which were international bestsellers and received critical acclaim. In Defence of Politics (1962) went through several editions, was translated into five languages and sold over 400,000 copies. For years it has been required reading for students. Nearly 20 years later he wrote the authoritative, if not official, George Orwell: A Life (1980). Crick generously attributed the warm reviews to his subject – "it's the man".

Leading article: Closing time

Back in 1950 in his essay on the British pub, George Orwell listed his reasons for visiting his favourite local. They included such things as a good fire burning; it must be quiet enough to talk; pub games only in the public bar; barmaid knows most customers by name; besides cigarettes and pipe tobacco, the pub sells stamps and aspirin; draught stout on tap; beer served in glass or pewter tankards.

Coming Up For Air, Assembly@George Street, Edinburgh

You can't avoid the heady whiff of nostalgia in Dominic Cavendish's sensitive adaptation of George Orwell's Coming up for Air. In the novel, Orwell not only predicted the start of the Second World War but also glimpsed the life and society that would follow.

Sixth-formers to take Harry Potter test

It is enough to leave traditionalists spluttering into their tea – Harry Potter is about to be placed on the school curriculum.

Preview: Animal Farm, Oxford Castle, Oxford

Orwell gets a prison sentence

'Independent' writer wins Orwell award

The Independent columnist and reporter Johann Hari has won the Orwell Prize for political writing, the award's judges announced last night. The prize, inaugurated in 1993 and given annually to a journalist and to an author, aims to reward those who have come closest to achieving George Orwell's aim of making "political writing into an art". The judges called his work, "elegant and effective political analysis".

You write the reviews: Year of the Rat, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Written by Roy Smiles and directed by Alan Strachan, Year of the Rat depicts a fictional encounter between George Orwell, Cyril Connolly and Sonia Brownell on the Scottish island of Jura. Close friends, Connolly and Brownell were in London working on Horizon magazine (a literary "shop window") during Orwell's self-imposed exile on Jura. His bad health had forced him to convalesce, and writing Nineteen Eighty-Four required time and solitude.

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