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  1. Johnny says:

    Hmmm. Just heard about this from James Naughtie. An excellent idea.

  2. Scott says:

    Looking forward to it. Read about it on Andrew Sullivan’s blog.

  3. CSims says:

    Came across this on BoingBoing and I want you to know I will be adding this feed into my RSS reader when I get home. I love the idea of serializing the thoughts of such an interesting and meaningful man in this manner.
    Looking forward to the 9th.

  4. John Sibly says:

    Great idea, I’ll look forward to following it. You need to set a webpage title though

  5. hdamin says:

    Really an excellent idea.

  6. Nolan Zane MacGregor says:

    Hmmm. Just heard about this from BoingBoing. An excellent idea.

    Have these not been published before? If not, it will be a milestone of insight, and in a very creative form. I look forward to making this a daily habit. Following Orwell’s life as he lived it and all.

    Second post.

  7. Pablo says:

    i’m Brasilian, and I love the idea. Pablo.

  8. saganaki says:

    Just read about this over on the CBC’s website. Looking forward to a few years of interesting reading

  9. kate1976 says:

    Very much looking forward to reading this. Have already subscribed to the blog in Google Reader so I am ready for 9th August!

  10. Thanks for the comments everyone – glad you’re looking forward to it!

    @John Sibly: Thanks for bringing that to our attention – we’re still finalising a few things design-wise, but the title should be sorted by the 9th.

    @Nolan Zane MacGregor: All of the diaries can be found in the magisterial Complete Works, compiled by Peter Davison, but they’ve never been made widely publicly available in this way. And as you say, the blog format will make it a daily habit!

  11. Stephanie Van Dyk says:

    I heard about this on CBC radio. Brilliant! I’m sending links to all the Orwell fans I know!

  12. Dominic says:

    Wonderful idea! Similarly, I’ve been enjoying Samuel Pepys’s blog for years. Orwell’s blog will be a welcome jump from the past.

  13. Bruce Bernard says:

    I read about this in the San Jose Mercury news.

    I don’t blog or typically read blogs, but… here’s one!

    Superb idea.

  14. Ian says:

    Orwell is my moral compass and I look forward to further entries. BUT you need to put an RSS feed on this blog. WordPress will support this

  15. ducksanddrakes says:

    I’m excited about this! Thanks to the Trust et al.

  16. Dan says:

    Thank you so much! Until a few years ago, like many Americans, I never read more from Orwell than 1984 and Animal Farm. Then I happened upon a collection of Orwell’s essays in a San Francisco hotel, next to an electric massage chair of all things.

    The chair was relaxing (except for the fact that it reclined towards an open second story window!), but the essays were enthralling. Orwell was a craftsman of English, and I appreciated his care with every sentence he wrote. I’ll be looking forward to reading this blog for the next few years!

  17. Tony Fairbank says:

    I just heard about the Orwell blog on the radio in America today. As one of the millions of Orwell fans, I will enjoy this new glimpse into his world. Thank you.

  18. Coolerman says:

    I like most ” Herbert George Wells ” Than G. Orwell…sry

  19. ferrancab says:

    Great Idea!

  20. Mark says:

    Looking forward to this, but please fix your RSS title, and also start using the wordpress categories, or you’ll look rather unprofessional in the eyes of many web users (it’s the online equivilant of getting the wrong name on the dustcover!)

  21. John says:

    Looking forward to this as always enjoyed his essays and journalism more then his novels so will like to see his ideas emerge in the raw.

  22. Tom says:

    Finally – A proper window into the inner workings of one of this centuries leading literary and political minds.
    We all know the inner workings of the minds of Satre, George Bernhard Shaw and the like, and now we get a glimpse of Mr Orewell in his own words.

    I for one would love to know his own thoughts and motivations (beyond the obvious) for 1984 and animal farm – were these long-held views, crafted in words over deacdes in Mr Orewells mind, or political persuasions brought forth into text by a specific event.

    I’m also really pleeased by his first entry about Dickens. As a hopeless biblophile and big fan of Mr Dickens, I’m glad that Mr Orewell took Dickens as an ally, and not a measure of out-moded establishment. Hard not to if you’ve completed ‘Hard Times’ where Dickens and Orewell, whilst not tallying with each others styles whatsoever, have a similar satirical goal in mind.

    I for one will be an avid reader of these diaries – even if just to work out where the experiences nec’ for a novel like ‘Down and Out in London and Paris’ came from.

    Orewell me up! :)

  23. Il Recidivo says:

    Good idea!
    Orwell kick you ass! ;-)

  24. Jocelyn says:

    We will be following this blog over at!

    Looking forward to reading all about George Orwell…in his own words!

  25. carolyn says:

    Wonderful idea. I look forward to reading the diaries in blog format. Thank you.

  26. Once again, thanks for all the kind comments everyone – only a few days to go now!

    @Ian, and Mark: thanks for the tips – we’re still doing some work on the back-end of the blog which should be sorted soon…

  27. D.Miguel says:

    I am await the launch with eager anticipation.

    I particularly like the ‘Header’.

  28. littlehorn says:

    That’s cool, but couldn’t you have launched this blog and spread the word later on ? Instead of leaving us to die to read those diaries for weeks.

  29. Ken says:

    Brilliant idea and I have subscribed to the RSS feed and look forward to reading the diary – day by day. I live at a town near to Wigan in the UK!!!

  30. Chris says:

    Old school blogging from one of the best.

  31. leo scheer says:

    Would a french translation of the diaries on my blog be a good idea? Let me know.

  32. Joni says:

    It will be a delight to see how a brilliant mind works out his ideas when he is writing for no ones eyes but his own.

    Little did he know….

  33. Tin Drummer says:

    Only a day to go…fantastic.

  34. G. Tod Slone says:

    Likely, there shall be some wisdom! Not much at all in today’s entry, however. We need to guard ourselves against blind admiration of celebrity. Eventually, it leads to a preference of inanity by celebrity over wisdom by non-celebrity.

    G. Tod Slone, Ed.
    The American Dissident, a Journal of Literature, Democracy & Dissidence
    A 501 c3 nonprofit organization providing a forum for vigorous debate, cornerstone of democracy,
    And for examining the dark side of the academic/literary established-order milieu
    1837 Main St.
    Concord, MA 01742

  35. ZaD MoFo says:

    « Attrapé un gros serpent dans les rebords herbeux à côté de l’allée. Environt 2’6″ de long, de couleur grise, des marques noires sur le ventre mais aucune sur le dos excepté, sur le cou, une marque ressemblant à une pointe de flèche (ñ) descendant tout le dos. N’ai pas pris soin de le manipuler trop témérairement, alors pris par l’extrémité du bout de la queue. Ainsi maintenu il pouvait presque se retourner assez pour mordre ma main, mais pas assez. Marx¹ intéressé en premier, mais après l’avoir reniflé eut peur et s’est enfui. Les gens ici normalement tient tous les serpents. Comme d’habitude, la langue est dénommée “crocs”². »

    Notes de Peter Davison, d’après l’ouvrage complet:
    ¹Le chien D’Orwell.
    ²C’est une ancienne croyance qu’un serpent venimeux injecte son poison au moyen d’une langue fourchue et non, dans le cas présent par deux crocs. Alors Shakespeare dans Richard II, 3.20 – 22.


    Voir aussi 11.8.38.

    N.D.T: Il n’utilise pas la première personne. Ce texte est comme une description analytique.
    Vous avez une meileure traduction à proposer alors soyez les bienvenus!

  36. ZaD MoFo says:

    « Les gens ici normalement tuent tous les serpents. Comme d’habitude, la langue est dénommée “crocs”². »

  37. nonickch says:

    You’ve been slashdotted…

  38. Thank you, George. I learned about your blog through Slashdot. Welcome back.

  39. Heh heh, just loved the idea written in the newspaper article about this time shifted blog; mentioning how G.O. would most definitely be blogging today in this day and age.

    Its so fascinating, I wish they would consider a email a day subscription page but I guess RSS will have to suffice.

  40. @Mach Stelmacher – if you sign up to the Orwell Prize newsletter at, you’ll receive a newsletter every Wednesday which will keep you up-to-date with the diary postings.

    And to the many of you who were hoping for translations into other languages… we’re signed up at Der Mundo, an online collaborative translation project, which you can find at

  41. Word ups to the G.O.

  42. collin douma says:

    Double plus good!

  43. Thanks a lot for making this material available. Anything that Orwell wrote is of interest.

  44. Stephen A. Jarowski says:

    I’ve read his prose, his fiction, his non-fiction, his ‘science’ fiction, but his diary entries must be Orwell at his most personal. Great idea.

  45. Ivana K. says:

    Thank you.

    ”So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information. It is no use trying to suppress that side of myself.

    The job is to reconcile my ingrained likes and dislikes with the essentially public, non-individual activities that this age forces on all of us.
    It is not easy.”

    (Orwell, ‘Why I write’)

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