Orwell’s Roses
  • ISBN: 9781783785452
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Granta
  • Binding: Hardback

Orwell’s Roses

Rebecca Solnit

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‘Outside my work the thing I care most about is gardening’ wrote George Orwell in 1940.

Inspired by the surviving roses that Orwell planted in his cottage in Hertfordshire, Rebecca Solnit explores how his involvement with plants illuminates his other commitments as a writer and anti-fascist, and the intertwined politics of nature and power. Following his journey from the coal mines of England to taking up arms in the Spanish Civil War; from his critique of Stalin to his analysis of the relationship between lies and authoritarianism, Solnit encounters a more hopeful Orwell, whose love of nature pulses through his work and actions.

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