George Orwell is Penguin's 'writers' writer'

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London, Jan 23 (ANI): George Orwell is the most popular novelist in Penguin's history, says a survey of the publisher's current stable of writers.

Orwell garnered four nominations, when Penguin asked 50 of its authors to name their favourite book from its back list.

Travel writer Paul Theroux chose Burmese Days; novelist Catherine O'Flynn chose 1984; Gaia author James Lovelock, Animal Farm; and historian Professor Norman Stone, Shooting an Elephant, reports The Telegraph.

Janine Cook, fiction buyer at Waterstone's, described him as "a master of social and political commentary".

She said: "It's no surprise he's the most chosen author from within the Penguin ranks as he is one of the most powerful voices in 20th century literature. His work is as relevant now as it was when it was written."

Penguin undertook the survey of its writers as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations.

Journalist Lynn Barber chose The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. (ANI)

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