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Such, Such Were the Joys

Such, Such Were the Joys

A Graphic Novel

by George Orwell

Adapted by Sean Michael Wilson

Illustrated by Jaime Huxtable

A graphic novel bringing to life Orwell's dramatic formative experiences

One of the most famous writers of all time, George Orwell's life played a huge part in his understanding of the world. A constant critic of power and authority, the roots of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four began to grow in his formative years as a pupil at a strict private school in Eastbourne. His essay Such, Such Were The Joys recounts the ugly realities of the regime to which pupils were subjected in the name of class prejudice, hierarchy and imperial destiny.

This graphic novel vividly brings his experiences at school to life. As Orwell earned his place through scholarship rather than wealth, he was picked on by both staff and richer students. The violence of his teachers and the shame he experienced on a daily basis leap from the pages, conjuring up how this harsh world looked through a child's innocent eyes while juxtaposing the mature Orwell's ruminations on what such schooling says about society.

Today, as the private school and class system endure, this is a vivid reminder that the world Orwell sought to change is still with us.

Adapted by Sean Michael Wilson, and illustrated by Jaime Huxtable.

George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair (1903 - 1950), one of the most well known writers of the 20th century.

Sean Michael Wilson is a multi-award-winning comic book writer. He has written over 40 books, including an illustrated Tao Te Ching (Shambhala, 2018), and co-authored Many Not the Few (New Internationalist, 2019), with a foreword by Jeremy Corbyn, and Parecomic (Seven Stories, 2013), with a foreword by Noam Chomsky.

Jaime Huxtable is a cartoonist/illustrator based in West Sussex. His works include: G Bear & Jammo and Makers of Monsters.

'A masterpiece of comic book writing. Orwell, with his tongue firmly in his cheek, takes the reader through a hilarious journey of what it was like to be a small boy cast into the alien world of prep schools'

- Richard Blair, Patron of the Orwell Society

'Sean Michael Wilson has done a splendid job of bringing Orwell's formative years at St Cyprian's visually to life'

- D.J. Taylor, author of 'On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography' (Abrams Press, 2019)

‘Ground-breaking’

- ‘Down the Tubes’
Published by Pluto Press in Aug 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745345925
eBook ISBN: 9780745345932

112 pages

160mm x 230mm

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