On my immediate reading list

I will be soon embarking on reading the works of George Orwell. I must admit, the only book of his that I have read was ‘Animal Farm’ at High School back in the 1970’s.

So to redress this, I will set about reading in the order of publication the following:

I have just done a brief bit of research, and whilst doing so I found these interesting  guidelines for writer suggested by Orwell:


Orwell provides six rules for writers:

  • Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  • Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  • If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  • Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  • Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  • Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
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