Julia

Julia

Fiction, General Fiction
Hardback Published on: 19/10/2023
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Julia
A Powerful Read
This novel follows in the powerful footsteps of the modern classic, and it’s certainly made an imprint! This companion novel is a must-read for the Orwelli... READ MORE
Jen Mackay at Windsor

Synopsis

London, chief city of Airstrip One, the third most populous province of Oceana. It's 1984 and Julia Worthing works as a mechanic fixing the novel-writing machines in the Fiction Department at the Ministry of Truth. Under the ideology of IngSoc and the rule of the Party and its leader Big Brother, Julia is a model citizen - cheerfully cynical, believing in nothing and caring not at all about politics. She routinely breaks the rules but also collaborates with the regime whenever necessary. Everyone likes Julia. A diligent member of the Junior Anti-Sex League (though she is secretly promiscuous) she knows how to survive in a world of constant surveillance, Thought Police, Newspeak, Doublethink, child spies and the black markets of the prole neighbourhoods. She's very good at staying alive. But Julia becomes intrigued by a colleague from the Records Department - a mid-level worker of the Outer Party called Winston Smith - when she sees him locking eyes with a superior from the Inner Party at the Two Minutes Hate. And when one day, finding herself walking toward Winston, she impulsively hands him a note - a potentially suicidal gesture - she comes to realise that she's losing her grip and can no longer safely navigate her world. Seventy-five years after Orwell finished writing his iconic novel, Sandra Newman has tackled the world of Big Brother in a truly convincing way, offering a dramatically different, feminist narrative that is true to and stands alongside the original. For the millions of readers who have been brought up with Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, here, finally, is a provocative, vital and utterly satisfying companion novel.

  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 9781783789153
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 619g
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm

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Julia
Unsettling, brilliant homage..
Sandra Newman takes on the monumental task of telling Julia’s story (the main female character in George Orwell’s 1984) and delivers it with triumph. Un... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Julia
Complex and visceral
It takes a writer of courage to ‘retell’ an iconic modern classic such as ‘1984’, a favourite of all time, personally. It is very difficult at the start no... READ MORE
Carol  Groves
Julia
More drivel that has managed to get published!
So ... Sandra Newman co-wrote ‘How NOT to Write a Novel’ (sub-titled ‘200 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published’). Having rea... READ MORE
Clive Woolliscroft
Julia
Great for fans of 1984
This is the second book I have read recently told from the perspective of Julia in a retelling of 1984. If I had read this version first, there's a chance... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
Julia
Very impressive rewrite of 1984
Sandra Newman’s last two novels “The Heavens” and “The Men” both had strong dystopian elements and while neither could be faulted for ambition I felt both ... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
Julia
A brutal feminist retelling not for the faint hearted
Told from the view point of 1984 character, Julia Worthing, Newman’s feminist retelling is brutal and clever. I love the author’s spin on Orwell’s work, fo... READ MORE
Laura Oliphant
Julia
Stunning and vivid
Completed 'Julia' in two days. It retells 1984 from Julia's point of view. The prose is written in the the style of Orwell’s book. It is part critique, pa... READ MORE
Des Brown