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15 things you (probably) didn’t know about George Orwell

Of all the great thinkers to ever pick up a pen and call it a profession, few have shook the world in the same way George Orwell did. In many ways Orwell's wordy career is often focused on weighty subject matters (often with a focus on dystopia), but he was also an excellent poet.

A new collection shows a rare insight into George Orwell the poet, a collection of prose that shows a side to the writer rarely seen.

Be it fact or fiction, Orwell’s oeuvre carries such weight, such power, that it's hardly surprising that his phrases (Big Brother, Room 101) continue to litter our lexicon today - and that's without mentioning the fact he boasts his very own adjective.

But forget everything you think you know about the instigator of all things ‘Orwellian’, as we've compiled a list of facts you probably won’t know about the legendary writer, who it has to be said, lived a more interesting life than most.

(Images: Rex, Penguin)

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