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Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life (MP3)
Written by:
Anna Funder 
Read by:
Jane SlavinArianwen Parkes-Lockwood 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
12 hours 38 minutes 
MP3 size:
547 MB 
July 04 2023 
Available Date:
July 04 2023 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Biography; British 
Bolinda audio 
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AUD$ 24.95
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International bestselling author
Award winning author
Australian author

Shortlisted Indie Book Awards / Non Fiction 2024
Shortlisted Gordon Burn Prize 2024
Longlisted Women's Prize for Non Fiction 2024

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

Looking for wonder and some reprieve from the everyday, Anna Funder slips into the pages of her hero George Orwell. As she watches him create his writing self, she tries to remember her own … And 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 WWII 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. Compelling and utterly original, Wifedom speaks to the unsung work of women everywhere today, while offering a breathtakingly intimate view of one of the most important literary marriages of the 20th century. It is a book that speaks to our present moment as much as it illuminates the past.

'A sharp, captivating look at a complicated relationship and a resurrection of a vital figure in Orwell’s life.’
Kirkus Reviews

‘Full of keen psychological insight and eloquent prose, this shines.’
Publishers Weekly

‘One of the most startling explorations of life-writing (Eileen’s, Orwell’s and Funder’s) in recent times . . . Wifedom is a genre-bending tour-de-force that resurrects an invisible woman . . . after Funder, we will never look at this writer or his work in the same way again. Nor should we.’
The Independent

‘A virtuoso performance on the theme, adding personal memoir, some fictional reconstructions and a glittering sense of purpose.’
The New York Times

'Rigorously researched, tenderly told.' (on Stasiland)
The Independent

'Simply, a masterpiece. Here, Anna Funder not only re-makes the art of biography, she resurrects a woman in full.'
Geraldine Brooks, bestselling author

'Meticulous and compassionate ... a heroic act of listening.' (on Stasiland)
London Review of Books