George Orwell diaries: an entry a day keeps the thought police at bay

Looking forward to the start of the Orwell Diaries this Saturday (August 09). To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the start of them, the Orwell Prize along with the Media Standards Trust and Political Quarterly have decided to publish the entries in blog form. Each entry will be published exactly 70 years on from the day they were written.

Taking an obvious cue from Phil Gyford’s wonderful Pepys Diary, each entry will be published as if it were a blog . In this case, exactly 70 years after it was written. I do hope that the annoation is as good as Gyford’s is.

The diaries open while Orwell was recuperating in Morocco after fighting in the Spanish Civil War. In the next few weeks you will be able to read about his return to the UK and “his opinions on the descent of Europe into war in real time. The diaries end in 1942, three years into the conflict.”

An introduction on the site reads:

“What impression of Orwell will emerge? From his domestic diaries it may be a largely unknown Orwell, whose great curiosity is focused on plants, animals, woodwork, and – above all – how many eggs his chickens have laid. From his political diaries (from 7th September), it may be the Orwell whose political observations and critical thinking have enthralled and inspired generations since his death in 1950. Whether writing about the Spanish Civil War or sloe gin, geraniums or Germany, Orwell’s perceptive eye and rebellion against the ‘gramophone mind’ he so despised are obvious.”

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