Renovation work on legendary British author George Orwell’s house in a Bihar town where he was born has begun, officials said Thursday.

“Finally, renovation of Orwell’s birthplace has started,” said East Champaran District Magistrate Abhay Kumar Singh, who launched the work.

The single-storey brick house is in the lake town of Motihari, district headquarters of East Champaran.

Orwell, the author of classics such as Animal Farm and 1984 , has a unique India link. Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in Motihari near India’s border with Nepal. His father, Richard Blair, worked as an agent of the opium department of the Indian Civil Service during British rule.

Deo Priya Mukherjee, associated with the George Orwell Commemorative Committee, said a State government agency has been entrusted with the task of renovating the house at a cost of Rs. 45 lakh. — IANS


  • Known by his pen name George Orwell, Eric Arthur Blair is one of the most important chroniclers of English culture of his generation.

  • Born on June 25 in 1903 in Motihari in Bihar, he is known for his writings on social injustice, strong objection to totalitarianism and commitment to democratic socialism

  • His father Richard Blair worked as an agent of the opium department of the Indian Civil Service during the British rule.

  • He is best known for his novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and the 'Animal Farm'

  • His works continue to influence popular and political culture and the term 'Orwellian' – descriptive of authoritarian social practices – has entered the language