The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover | Black Inc.

The Last Man in Europe: A Novel

Awards for The Last Man in Europe

  • Longlisted, 2018 The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year
  • Longlisted, 2018 ALS Gold Medal
  • Shortlisted, 2018 Indie Book Awards
  • Longlisted, 2018 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

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About the author

Dennis Glover

Dennis Glover was educated at Monash and Cambridge universities and has made a career as one of Australia's leading speechwriters. His first novel, The Last Man in Europe, was published around the world in multiple editions and was nominated …

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Praise for The Last Man in Europe

‘Dennis Glover has dared to burrow into the moral universe of George Orwell, there to look through his unblinking eyes upon the malevolence, vanity, cowardice and deceit that menace the potential for a decent society. The result is a story rivetingly told, not only of Orwell's insight and courage, but of his torments, his loves, his gut-wrenching struggles. Read this book to better know and understand an essential figure of the 20th century whose writing and example still speak to us with urgency.’ —Don Watson, author of Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump

‘This is a novel about George Orwell and 1984, written uncannily in the style Orwell would have used if he had decided to write a novel about his own life. The result is a fascinating, compelling and, in the end, a deeply moving work, a wonderfully accurate and entirely unsentimental tribute to the political writer who grasped with greatest penetration the meaning of the European catastrophes of the first half of the twentieth century. Glover’s Orwell is fully imagined and precisely understood. With The Last Man in Europe, a major new literary talent has been revealed.’ —Robert Manne

‘This is a richly imagined piece of writing, which provides a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the great thinkers of the last century.’ —Nicole Abadee, Australian Financial Review Magazine

The Last Man in Europe provides excellent new insight into the works, the man, and what it means to both fear and stare down popularism and the totalitarian impulse.’ —Oliver Driscoll, Readings

‘Dennis Glover’s account of Orwell is so compelling and so wonderfully written that I read it all in one go. It's a ludicrously ambitious premise for a novel, but somehow – exhilaratingly – Glover pulls it off. Ten out of ten.’ —Annabel Crabb

‘As the ice caps melt and fake news sticks in our throats, The Last Man in Europe makes Nineteen Eighty-Four bite all over again.’ —Barry Hill, The Australian

The Last Man in Europe is clearly the product of a love of Orwell's work … It is a remarkable and timely book.’ —Frank Bongiorno, The Monthly

‘I doubt literary biography will ever recover. Glover is so good with character, place and politics. He's so clever telling you all you need to know while pretending you know it already. Great with pain. You never have a sense that Orwell is rattling down a familiar track. Each step is into the unknown. It's thrilling.’ —David Marr

‘This imaginative work is an unexpected treat for fans of George Orwell. The Barcelona scenes are especially memorable, cinematic in their brightness. The more you know of Orwell, the more you will enjoy it. This, finally, is the biography--even though a novel--that Orwell deserves.’  —Thomas E. Ricks, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the New York Times bestseller Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

‘A unique and thought-provoking work, intellectually challenging and emotionally rich. It will likely compel readers back to Nineteen Eighty-Four – never a bad thing – and force them to take a look at the world around themselves, to consider warnings unheeded.’ —Toronto Star

The Last Man in Europe shows its readers the influences which shaped Orwell’s masterpiece, but transcends even that, giving an affecting portrait of the man himself’ —The Herald

The Last Man in Europe adopts the sound of Orwell so brilliantly … anyone with an interest in Orwell will certainly enjoy it’ —Orwell Society

‘Glover magically wrings high-stakes drama from the fundamentally undramatic scene of the writer at his desk’ —Daily Mail

‘Rivetingly told … a terrifically assured hybrid of fiction and life-writing’ —New Statesman

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