George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
11th June, 1946
Thanks for your letter. I am sorry that it seemed necessary to disturb your space,
particularly as even now you will not be any further committed. However, this
assurance that you will do something for November of December is a good one and I
am glad that we have got so far.
I do seriously mean to try to get up there in July, probably about the 14th. It
depends on certain arrangements which are not yet quite definite. The food
question I will try to help with. The comparative roughness does not in the
least appal me.
I do hope your health really is picking up during this break. I shall look
forward to seeing you very beefy.
George Orwell, Esq.,
Isle of Jura
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Document Type | Letter
11 June 1946
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'.
This is a reply to this letter.
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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