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George Orwell is out of copyright. What happens now?
Much of the author’s work may have fallen into public ownership in the UK, but there are more restrictions on its use remaining than you might expect, explains his biographer

DJ Taylor

01, Jan, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey review – what inspired Orwell's masterpiece?
When Trump took office, sales of Nineteen Eighty-Four increased by 9,500%. This astute study locates the origins of the novel and traces its life within pop culture

DJ Taylor

22, May, 2019 @6:30 AM

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Gilded Youth by James Brooke-Smith review – privilege, rebellion and the British public school
From Shelley to dandies to Orwell (perhaps) … public schools have produced rebels as well as shoring up elitism

DJ Taylor

06, Apr, 2019 @10:58 AM

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Pierre Coustillas obituary
Literary scholar dedicated to restoring the reputation of the Victorian novelist George Gissing

DJ Taylor

27, Aug, 2018 @4:21 PM

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From blank pages to 13,000 word sentences: a brief history of British avant garde writing
In the 1960s, writers such as BJ Johnson, Ann Quin and Bob Cobbing were ripping up the rules of fiction, fighting the establishment - and each other. What, if anything, of their legacy lives on?

DJ Taylor

05, Mar, 2018 @10:00 AM

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Writer’s Luck by David Lodge review – from academia to the mainstream
In his second volume of memoir, the novelist ranges from earnest to Pooterish

DJ Taylor

31, Dec, 2017 @9:00 AM

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You may confer: test your knowledge of literature, music and art – Christmas quiz
What food did Samuel Pepys bury in his backyard? Which dystopian novelist had a ‘hopeless’ love affair with cricket? And how many words did Enid Blyton write per day?

Questions set by Kathryn Hughes, Lynne Truss, Robert Macfarlane, Philip Hensher, Jonathan Jones, Linda Grant, Lucy Mangan, DJ Taylor and Charlotte Higgins

23, Dec, 2017 @8:00 AM

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The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett by Helen Smith review – a cultural battleground
The writer and editor promoted Joseph Conrad and DH Lawrence and deserves recognition as a great literary tastemaker

DJ Taylor

17, Nov, 2017 @9:00 AM

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‘A football novel is never simply about football’
A history of the genre, from early boys’ school stories to modern fiction, to celebrate FA Cup final day

DJ Taylor

27, May, 2017 @11:01 AM

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Decline and Fall on TV – would Evelyn Waugh have approved?
The prospect of a new BBC adaptation of Decline and Fall, starring Jack Whitehall and Eva Longoria, is stirring mixed feelings – will Waugh’s wit be sold short once again?

DJ Taylor

28, Mar, 2017 @9:00 AM

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The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry review – how America’s farmers betrayed the land
These prescient essays are drawn from a 50-year campaign on behalf of old-style US agrarianism

DJ Taylor

01, Mar, 2017 @3:30 PM

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Welcome to dystopia – George Orwell experts on Donald Trump | The panel
Since Kellyanne Conway spoke of ‘alternative facts’, Nineteen Eighty-Four has hit the No 1 spot in Amazon’s book sales chart. So, is the age of Newspeak here?

Jean Seaton, Tim Crook and DJ Taylor

25, Jan, 2017 @1:40 PM

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