England and Australia might just as well indulge in a spot of ice hockey-style brawling
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Sunday 03 May 2009
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.
Friday 01 May 2009
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.
Friday 01 May 2009
Sunday 26 April 2009
Friday 24 April 2009
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".
Friday 06 March 2009
Thursday 19 February 2009
Thursday 12 February 2009
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
Monday 22 December 2008
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".
Saturday 06 September 2008
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.
Friday 15 August 2008
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.
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