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The Scottish island farmhouse where George Orwell wrote 1984 (Barnhill, Jura)

I’m following up on my blog post yesterday linking to that 2009 Daily Mail article about George Orwell’s last days.  Pictured below is the island of Jura in the Scottish Hebrides, where Orwell died shortly after completing “1984.”  Jura is situated on the remains of a 15th Century Gaelic settlement.

It’s documented that Orwell’s intermittent stays there between 1946 and 1950 were trying, as he fought to complete his world-changing novel while struggling with the tuberculosis that would kill him.  (This was the subject of the article.)

Even with this in mind, however, I swear that looks like a lovely place to write.


Photo credit: Ken Craig [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons.


Photo credit:  By Zilchy111 george weir (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.