The first in our regular book design blogs looks at a typically cheeky and intelligent cover for a new Penguin edition of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, by David Pearson.
I subscribe to George Orwell’s view that “On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” But if man is “mostly good”, I ask myself, why is it so easy to look around at the world and find so much to be troubled by?
Student: “Those blowing themselves up and committing atrocities are using religion as an excuse for what they are doing.”
Me: “But you can find justification for all sorts of atrocities against non-believers, apostates and others in the Holy texts.”
Student: “How dare you say that! That is deeply offensive. Lots of us have faith and don’t go around doing the things you say that religious people do.”
With each day that we creep through the Olympics, I feel more and more like I am in a chapter of Orwell’s classic, 1984.
Brilliant diary story by Matthew Bell in today’s Independent on Sunday:
Residents of Hampstead are up in arms after a commemorative frieze of George Orwell’s face was stolen from a wall marking the location of Booklover’s Corner, the second-hand shop where he worked in the 1930s.
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