Praise for Eileen

Friday, 16 February 2018

Three acclaimed George Orwell biographers have praised Eileen: The Making of Orwell.

Gordon Bowker, who wrote his biography, George Orwell, in 2003, says:

Sylvia Topp has written a most interesting biography of George Orwell's first wife, Eileen. Her researches have turned up some remarkable material from various semi obscure sources. And she has made especially good use of the testimonies…

You, You, You by Tom Kelly

Friday, 12 January 2018

The poem "You, You, You," shown in full text below, is written by Tom Kelly, a poet who lives in South Shields, the town where Eileen grew up.  

Tom writes, I did not know of Eileen Blair prior to researching her life and times for Gary Wilkinson’s film, ‘Wildflower.’ I began to walk in her footsteps, 

‘I see you as a bairn in South Shields, 

running into your father’s arms on King Street…

End of the Century, 1984 - A Poem by Eileen

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

An Extract from Chapter 4: BETWEEN OXFORD AND ORWELL

Eileen’s high school in Sunderland celebrated their fiftieth anniversary, in 1934, with gatherings and dinners both on the school grounds and in London. In advance, looking ahead to the school’s one-hundredth anniversary, she wrote a poem which she titled “End of the Century, 1984,” and it was published in the Sunderland High School magazine…

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