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Book Title: The Girl from the Fiction Department: A Portrait of Sonia Orwell|
The author of the book: Hilary Spurling
ISBN 13: 9781582432434
Edition: Counterpoint LLC
Date of issue: June 8th 2003
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The portrait of George Orwell's second wife drawn by his biographers is a travesty. Determined to set the record straight, her friend, biogapher Hilary Spurling, reveals the whole story of Sonia Orwell's sad and splendid life. Beautiful, intelligent, and idealistic, Sonia was the model for Julia, heroine of Orwell's 1984. Her friends and admirers included W. H. Auden, Lucian Freud, and Francis Bacon. She was Cyril connolly's indispensable assistant on the influential literary magazine Horizon during the 1940s, and in the'60s she co-edited the groundbreaking four-volume collection of Orwell's nonfiction writings. But after the failure of her second marriage, Sonia's life began to go wrong, ending in penury and despair due to the burden unwittingly placed on her by George Orwell at his death. Some have since seen her as a mythical heroine; others have depicted her as mean and mercenary. Spurling portrays the real Sonia Orwell in all her generous, spirited, ferocious, and self-doubting complexity.
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Read information about the authorHilary Spurling, CBE, FRSL (born 1940) is a British writer, known as a journalist and biographer. She won the Whitbread Prize for the second volume of her biography of Henri Matisse in January 2006. Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck in China was published in March 2010.
She is married to playwright John Spurling, and has three children (Amy, Nathaniel and Gilbert) and two grandchildren.