George Orwell was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. On the hundredth anniversary of his birth we examine the controversy around his work and his legacy for today. The facts of Orwell's life.
25 June 1903
Eric Arthur Blair born in the Indian village of Motihari, son of a minor official in the opium department of the Indian civil service.
The Blairs return to England.
Eric sent to St Cyprian's preparatory school in Sussex.
Wins a scholarship to Eton.
Joins the Indian imperial police. Stationed in Burma from January 1922.