Wifedom : Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life by Anna Funder

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One of Megan's favourite books of 2023

A stunning follow-up to ‘Stasiland.’ Looking at the life of “Mrs Orwell”, Anna Funder delicately balances juicy historical gossip with cultural criticism, inviting us into her world as she untwists the complicated life of Eileen Blair. - Megan

Looking for wonder and some reprieve from the everyday, Anna Funder slips into the pages of her hero George Orwell. As she watches him create his writing self, she tries to remember her own . . . When she uncovers his forgotten wife, it's a revelation. Eileen O'Shaughnessy's literary brilliance shaped Orwell's work and her practical nous saved his life. But why - and how - was she written out of the story?Using newly discovered letters from Eileen to her best friend, Funder recreates the Orwells' marriage, through the Spanish Civil War and WWII in London. As she rolls up the screen concealing Orwell's private life, she is led to question what it takes to be a writer - and what it is to be a wife.
Binding: Hardback

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