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Letter from Rayner Heppenstall to Orwell

Rayner Heppenstall asks what provisions to bring to Orwell on Jura.

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Letter from Rayner Heppenstall to Orwell.

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11 June 1946

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1946

Synopsis

Heppenstall accepts George Orwell's offer to come and stay on Jura and enquires as to what food he should bring, as Orwell had requested supplies. Orwell had been in poor health, suffering from tuberculosis, and Heppenstall hopes to see him 'very beefy'.

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Rayner Heppenstall was a BBC producer and a writer. He shared lodgings with Orwell and the Irish poet Michael Sayers in 1935, until one night Heppenstall came home drunk, caused a commotion and was beaten by Orwell with a shooting stick. Although Heppenstall left the lodgings, he and Orwell regained their friendship and retained it until Orwell's death.

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