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Wifedom (Hardback)
  • Wifedom (Hardback)

Wifedom (Hardback)

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Hardback 464 Pages
Published: 17/08/2023
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Waterstones Says

Casting light on the neglected Eileen O'Shaughnessy and her marriage to George Orwell, this tour de force of biographical writing from the author of Stasiland doubles as a fitting tribute to the unsung work of women everywhere.

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, and 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 WW II 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.

Compelling and utterly original, Wifedom speaks to the unsung work of women everywhere today, while offering a breathtakingly intimate view of one of the most important literary marriages of the 20th century. It is a book that speaks to our present moment as much as it illuminates the past.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241482728
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 44 mm


'Truly wonderful... Anna Funder has written another brilliant human portrait.' - Claire Tomalin

'Electrifying... daring in both form and content, Funder's book is a nuanced, sophisticated literary achievement' - Kirkus

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Violet Daniels

“Leaving with more questions than answers”

This book has left me conflicted in so many ways. First of all, Anna Funder has painted a searing portrait of George Orwell that reveals him to be an unpleasant man, often in his personal life contradicting the ideas... More

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