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Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life

by Anna Funder
Publication Date: 04/07/2023

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Eileen Orwell is a woman elided from history. The first of George Orwell's wives, her existence has been ignored by all of his six - male - biographers. It's hard for history to find you when you have been written out of the narrative. But if you read like a woman, you see other things. In researching a new book on Orwell, Anna Funder unearthed the existence of a person whose discomforting and humiliating work to create the conditions that allowed Orwell to write had been erased. It is as if, half a century after his death, a screen concealing Orwell's private life has been rolled up, revealing the woman who lived behind it.

Eileen's story, gleaned from the minimising losses of Orwell's biographers, holds staggering parallels with the lives of working women now, all these decades later. Wifedom is a revelatory, genre-bending audiobook that speaks to the unsung work of women today, creating the conditions of artistic production for men while suppressing their own genius, all of which is considered as natural - and as little in need of acknowledgement or thanks - as breathing.
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Anna Funder

Anna Funder is the author of the acclaimed All That I Am, winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award, among other awards.

Her first book, the internationally bestselling Stasiland, won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and was published in twenty countries and translated into sixteen languages.

Anna Funder is a former DAAD and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. She grew up in Melbourne and Paris and now lives in New York with her husband and family.

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