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New Releases: There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe

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There Was A Country, by Chinua Achebe, comes out in paperback this week, two months after the influential Nigerian author died in Boston. If you’ve never read Achebe, his work is well worth checking out. His best known work is called Things Fall Apart, considered by many to be the ‘archetypal modern African novel’, the book deals not only with the themes of alienation and a cultural conflict, but also with the universal theme of trying to find a feeling and a place of belonging in one’s environment. Unlike Things Fall Apart, There Was A Country is a non-fiction book, an autobiographical account of the Nigerian civil war from Achebe’s perspective. He writes with power and conviction and would be well worth reading. Enjoy!


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Famous Literary Birthdays… Orwell!

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The Man Himself, Great British Author George Orwell (Image taken from

Yesterday was the Great British author George Orwell’s birthday. He wrote darkly prescient political novels like 1984 and Animal Farm. My personal favourites are two of his non-fiction works, Down and Out in Paris and London and Homage To Catalonia, a brilliant account of Orwell’s participation in The Spanish Civil War.

For Orwell fans, there is a great series recently done by Radio 4 on ‘The Real George Orwell’ parts of which are still available to download and listen to here. Do check it out. For more information about Orwell, check out The Literature Network’s page on him here.

What about you? What’s your favourite Orwell?

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