Eastbourne Ashridge Circle|Founded 1947

Lecture Date: November 4, 2024


Speaker: ANDREW J BAKER - Illustrated

Insights into the thinking and attitudes of the brilliant 20th-century writer with his almost Cassandra-like prophecies of our modern world.

George Orwell, who attended St Cyprians prep school in Eastbourne from 1911 to 1916, was one of the most celebrated English writers of the last century, though he died at just 46. In his short life he was always an individualist: novelist, journalist, critic, crusader for social justice and an implacable enemy of all threats to human freedom.

A great patriot with a profound admiration for the English, he was complex and fascinating; a man of contradictions who knew much personal sadness, laid bare the realities of his own world and gave us “Big Brother.” He defined with absolute clarity so many of the issues on which, almost 75 years after his death, his voice still speaks to us.

Andrew Baker is a specialist in history and politics. He taught in grammar schools for 43 years, for over 22 of which he was headmaster of Westcliff High School for Boys. He is the author of a best-selling book on Contemporary British Politics and now works as a freelance lecturer on cruise ships and at home, speaking on a wide range of social, cultural and political trends, which have defined the contours of the contemporary world.

In summary, Andrew likes to evoke and portray the many rich personalities, at home and abroad, who have shaped our times. He is currently working on a book on post-war Britain.