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An evening with Anna Funder at Gordon Library

An evening with Anna Funder at Gordon Library

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6:30pm - 7:30pm, 24th November 2023


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799 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW 2072


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Anna Funder's latest book Wifedom turns the lens to one of her favourite authors... and his wife.

Looking for wonder and some reprieve from the everyday, Anna slips into the pages of her hero George Orwell. As she watches him create his writing self, she tries to remember her own…

When she uncovers his forgotten wife, it’s a revelation. Eileen O’Shaughnessy’s literary brilliance shaped Orwell’s work and her practical nous saved his life. But why – and how – was she written out of the story?

Using newly discovered letters from Eileen to her best friend, Funder recreates the Orwells’ marriage, through the Spanish Civil War and WW II in London. As she rolls up the screen concealing Orwell’s private life she is led to question what it takes to be a writer – and what it is to be a wife.



A blazing, genre-bending masterpiece from one of the most inventive writers of our time.

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