George Orwell

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George Orwell: his novel 1984, published 70 years ago today, contains what has been dubbed “one of the strangest coincidences in literature”. Photograph: Getty Images

Published 70 years ago today, George Orwell’s 1984 contains what has been dubbed “one of the strangest coincidences in literature”. This is because t(...)

Sir Michael O’Dwyer: key figure in the Amritsar massacre of 100 years ago was not the usual picture of a colonial overlord

By way of explaining an event for which he became infamous, an article in the latest London Review of Books refers to a man as having been brought up (...)

‘The idea that the houses will be there after I’ve gone is a source of comfort not worldly resignation’

If there’s one thing you constantly hear about property it’s that it’s a long-term investment and that the financial rewards of ownership are only app(...)

When we outsiders see Boris Johnson stuck on a zip wire with a Union Jack in each hand or Jacob Rees-Mogg bringing his nanny along to canvass voters on his behalf, we are initially indulgent: how delightfully, comically, English. Photograph: EPA

When all of this is done – if indeed it ever is done – a question will puzzle historians. How did absurd characters like Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mog(...)

Anne O'Neill: I was 50 on my last birthday. Photograph: Ciara O'Donnell

Last summer I had my 50th birthday. Fifty, which Victor Hugo called the youth of old age and is, according to George Orwell, the age at which everyone(...)

 The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Damon Albarn second from left

About a year before the European Union referendum in the UK, when I was looking around for something to write about, I fixed upon a strangely unsexy t(...)

Between January 1st, 2016, and December 31st, 2017, of 456 pelvic and acetabular referrals to Tallaght, 29 (6.4%) were cycling-related, a 90%  increase on 2016

George Orwell’s citations of emblematic Britishness in The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius (1941), include “old maids bicycling(...)

From left clockwise: Conor McGregor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Elon Musk and Peter Casey. Photograph: Agencies

The inventor of Krispy Kreme Donuts When the Irish moved entirely to a Krispy Kreme diet, I said that it was short-sighted. As usual, the people of I(...)

A typically skilled performance from Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis almost certainly qualifies as a British National Treasure. He now belongs with John Major’s “warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog love(...)

Peter Kay: Lancashire comedian has the old country on his mother’s side

The concept of “county lines” has been making a comeback in Britain recently, but not in a way that would please nostalgists. Far from marking a renew(...)

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