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Shortly after midnight on the 21st January 1950, the man known to his readers as George Orwell and to his new bride Sonia, as Eric Arthur Blair, breathes his last in a small side ward of the University College Hospital. Beside his bed, his bags are packed for a trip to Switzerland. He is alone and afraid. Shortly after midnight on the 21st January 20--, in a country with 4 ...more
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Published June 24th 2013 by Anonymous Films
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Lizixer
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eric Blair lies dying in a London hospital in 1950. On the London streets, in a not too distant future, H Lewis Allways lies down in an alley to sleep, his friend Pedro beside him. Eric wakes but not in his hospital bed. Beside him is a large black dog and the anxious face of Pedro. Eric is awake. But where?

Harringay author Dom Shaw’s first novel Eric is Awake weaves the biography of George Orwell in the last 5 years of his life, as he battles with illness, the loss of his wife and his own demon
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Elite Indie
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a Dystopian junkie, and that it all started with a love for Orwell's 1984, and, subsequently, Animal Farm, so when I saw Eric is Awake by Dom Shaw on Goodreads, and saw Orwell's profile and piercing, sardonic gaze from the cover, I had to be part of the read and review for it, and I am so glad I took the chance with this literary Dystopian ficiton.
Firstly, the cover for this book is vibrant and appealing and captured my interest right away. I am happy to say
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Anita Dawes
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As one man dies, another lives. Nothing special about that you might think, it happens all the time.
But not when time separates the two men and one of them happens to be George Orwell, aka Eric Arthur Blair.
Written in two threads, one a diary from Orwell's old life and an interesting blog from his new one, past and present separated by different fonts, but unnecessary in my view as the characters clearly tell you where they are.
Dom Shaw has a surprisingly strong and powerful writing voice and st
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Bridget Whelan
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was going to hate this book. I was sure of it. Orwell was a mentor: his books were on the school reading list and I read his essays as a teenager - his politics helped form my own. And I not only lived as an adult in the Islington Dom Shaw describes, but I was born in those streets. I just knew he was going to get the voice and the place wrong. I would be able to catch him out.
He didn't and I couldn't.
Shaw has captured both the studied simplicity of Orwell's writing style and the London that
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Ayesha
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, incomplete
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*I was given a free copy by the author for an honest review*
Eric is awake is basically POV of Eric Arthur Blair AKA George Orwell in a dystopian society. Eric died in his bed in 1950 only to wake up and find himself not just in a in a different era but a different body Somewhere in 21st century UK citizens are under government scrutiny 24/7 via MC devices.Fortunately he finds a good doctor and slowly comes in terms with the new world. I got as far as 100 pa
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H.M. Jones
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Eric is Awake' is an intelligent, well paced book with a realistic dialogue and striking characters. Dom Shaw surely did his research on both the life of Orwell and the author's voice/style. This reads as though it is the work of a well known, veteran author. I would place the category as Historical Literary Fiction, but it certainly has a fantasy/sci-fi feel to it, as well. The dystopian nature of the book is balanced perfectly with human folly, relations, and humor. I am so happy to have rece ...more
Aaron Lopez
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eric is Awake is a masterful story that keeps you guessing throughout the entire book. This is a book unlike anything that I have read before.

There are plot twists and surprising moments throughout the book. I think it shows the stark differences between present day and 60 years ago. There are flashbacks in the past and bringing us back to the present. Also there are issues of identity and feeling out of place which we can all relate to in one way or another.

I would heartily recommend this boo
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Gemma Fasheun
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Written in a clear way but the whole story didn't impress me at all.
Russ
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable book. Put it on your reading list.
Alice
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delightful. Of course, you would need to be an Orwell fan to enjoy it - but are there any thoughtful readers who aren't?
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Making Connections: 1675. - ERIC IS AWAKE by Dom Shaw 24 92 Apr 07, 2014 12:32PM  
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Dom Shaw began his media career at 21 by winning the Grierson Award for Best Documentary in 1982 for co-directing the seminal post-punk documentary ‘Rough Cut & Ready Dubbed’. After a few years directing music documentaries for the fledgling Channel 4, he started scriptwriting for television. In a varied career behind the camera, he has written for peak time series on the BBC and ITV networks in t ...more

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