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Reply from Orwell to ALC Bullock

Orwell asserts his preference for the truth.

BBC ARCHIVE
WRITTEN DOCUMENT
1943


25th January 1948

Dear Mr. Bullock

Thank you for your letter of the 22nd January. I will do the suggested talk
with pleasure, if I can be reasonably frank. I am not going to say anything
I regard as untruthful.

Yours sincerely,

G.O. [handwritten]
GEORGE ORWELL
Indian Section


[Sent to:]

A.L.C. Bullock Esq.,
Eur. Talks Director
The B.B.C.
Broadcasting House, W.1


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25 January 1943

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1943

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This letter is George Orwell's reply to ALC Bullock's invitation to talk about social change in Britain on the European Service. He makes it quite clear that despite the demands of his job his first commitment is always to the truth.

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Orwell had tried to join the army in 1941, but was rejected on the grounds of his ill health. Instead, he became a member of the Home Guard, hoping - somewhat optimistically - that it could evolve into a Catalan-style revolutionary militia. His time working at the BBC has been described by biographer Bernard Crick as 'a period of painful underemployment'.

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