George Orwell

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Ten thousand positive cases among those aged five to 12 were reported in the last fortnight. This translates to some 15,000 children self-isolating if you allow for siblings. Significant numbers of teachers are also either sick or self-isolating.

Masks are not necessary, except for medical workers. Masks are an important element of the fight against Covid-19. Masks are definitely not needed for(...)

Colson Whitehead explores whether a person can escape the past, both political and personal.

“All over the city there were people like them, a whole mean army of schemers and nocturnal masterminds working their rackets.” Colson Whitehead’s new(...)

Agronomist Trofim Lysenko was appointed Director of the Soviet Institute of Genetics in 1940 with dire consequences

Illiberal and strongly contested Marxist-inspired ideologies promoting “social justice” are widely and quietly seeping into western culture, eg politi(...)

An illustration of John Ball on a horse encouraging the rebels of 1381, from a circa 1470 manuscript in the British Library

Long before John Bull, there was John Ball, a real-life English hero and the religious wing of the great Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Forbidden to preach(...)

George Orwell: had no time for the idea that sporting rivalries could be a safe outlet for national self-expression. Photograph: AP

George Orwell did not get many things wrong, or badly wrong anyway. Allowing for details nobody could foresee years ahead, never mind decades, his ins(...)

Paul Geaney of Kerry with the Dingle Peninsula in the background as part of the GPA’s Return to Play event to mark the first season where all senior inter-county players are part of the one player association. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Paul Geaney reckons that if he’d received a euro each time a new rumour about Kerry was created, he wouldn’t be worrying about when his pub in Dingle (...)

Elijah Woods in the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Purchase of the Houghton Mifflin unit gives News Corp access to high-profile novels from authors including Tolkien. Photograph: New Line Cinema

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has agreed to buy the consumer arm of educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $349 million (€296 million) in wh(...)

Dorothy L Sayers’s fictional detective Lord Peter Wimsey. “Despite being an Oxford-educated gentleman of the early 20th century, he was always goin’ places, seein’ people, and solvin’ murders.”

Fans of the fictional detective Lord Peter Wimsey will know that he had a habit of finding himself in the vicinity of suspiciously dead bodies. A less(...)

The New York Times argues no adjective derived from a modern writer’s name rivals “Orwellian” for visibility. Photograph: AP

Next week, the works of George Orwell drop out of copyright in the UK and Ireland. The world is celebrating the incoming avalanche of new editions in (...)

Simon & Schuster had a string of political bestsellers in this election year,  including Mary Trump’s family memoir, Rage by Bob Woodward and Sean Hannity’s Live Free or Die. Photograph: iStock

Bertelsmann has agreed to buy Simon & Schuster for almost $2.2 billion (€1.85 billion), with the owner of Penguin Random House insisting it is “ve(...)

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