April, 1947. In a run-down farmhouse on a remote Scottish island, George Orwell begins his last and greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Forty-four years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that within three winters will take his life, Orwell comes to see the book as his legacy – the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the twentieth century have threatened. Completing the book is an urgent challenge, a race against death.
In The Last Man in Europe, Dennis Glover explores the creation of Orwell’s classic work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century.
Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of a beloved British writer, The Last Man in Europe will change the way you understand Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Dennis Glover will share insights into this illuminating novel on Sunday 15th April 2pm at The Warehouse – Clunes. Hosted by Professor Andrew Reeves and sponsored by Dilmac Media, Regional Centre for Culture 2018 and Hepburn Shire Council.
The Last Man in Europe has been Shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Book Awards and longlisted for the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
Dennis Glover grew up in Doveton before studying at Monash University and King’s College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in history. He has worked for two decades as an academic, newspaper columnist, political adviser and speechwriter to Labor leaders and senior ministers.
Clunes is a place where it’s possible to have great conversations every day, but each month the Booktown on Sundays Series steps it up a notch. The talks bring writers who’ve written outstanding books about important ideas to Clunes. Attendees get the chance to meet the authors and hear the stories behind the books.
Where? The Warehouse in Fraser Street, Clunes.
When? 2pm on the third Sunday of each month.
Cost? FREE Talks are free, but the authors’ books are on sale at the event, so bring cash or card to satisfy the urge.