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Eileen



In 1934, Eileen O’Shaughnessy’s futuristic poem, ‘End of the Century, 1984’, was published. The next year, she would meet George Orwell, then known as Eric Blair, at a party. ‘Now that is the kind of girl I would like to marry!’ he remarked that night.

Years later, Orwell would name his greatest work, Nineteen Eighty-Fourin homage to the memory of Eileen, the woman who shaped his life and his art in ways that have never been acknowledged by history, until now. Through impressive depth of research, illustrated throughout with photos and images from the time, this captivating and inspiring biography offers a completely new perspective on Orwell himself, and most importantly tells the life story of an exceptional woman who has been unjustly overlooked.

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