George Orwell

The 45th President is no Big Brother. Brave New World predicted the world today more accurately than Nineteen Eighty-Four

Seventy years after Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”, plain speaking now means avoiding not only jargon but pointless brevity

Orwell criticised writing on politics, but he could not have imagined the solipsism of today’s self-regarding pundits and politicians

The surprising story of Britain’s first animated feature, Animal Farm

We owe it to the world to prosecute home-grown war criminals of Islamic State here — not to deny them entry and their victims justice

John Carey sticks up for ‘ordinary life’ in his memoir The Unexpected Professor

Versailles trots out Keynes’s tired arguments while 1984 mistakes Winston Smith for Edward Snowden

 Even the most committed Conan Doyle aficionado might concede that there has been a surfeit of Sherlock Holmes in recent years — a 21st-century BBC series, a modernised American series (Elementary), Holmes as 1890s action hero in the Guy Ritchie films, even a new Russian adaptation, which aired last November (to mixed reviews). But the enduring popularity of one eccentric hero of gaslight-era crime fiction has erased others, in particular A.J. Raffles, the original and archetypal gentleman thief created by E.W. Hornung. Hornung was Doyle’s brother-in-law, and he dedicated the first volume of Raffles stories “To A.C.D. This form of flattery”.

Book review of A Man of Parts by David Lodge

An “Orwellian” US-based company, which generates editorial content “without human authoring”, highlights the difference between lazy journalism and sinister civil restriction