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Nathan Waddell

Nathan was born in 1983 and grew up in the West Country. A love of reading eventually took him into the profession of literary studies, following degrees at the University of Birmingham. He returned to Birmingham in 2017 as an Associate Professor of English Literature. Nathan is fascinated by all aspects of literary history but is especially fond of reading and teaching twentieth-century authors like Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Aldous Huxley, Wyndham Lewis, George Orwell, Rebecca West, and Virginia Woolf. Nathan’s academic publications include books and essays on utopianism, the work of John Buchan, Lewis’s life and politics, and Huxley’s Brave New World, among other topics. His most recent book, Moonlighting (Oxford University Press, 2019), assesses Beethoven’s impact on Anglo-American modernist writing. Nathan is currently finishing a book on Lewis and fascism, for Princeton University Press, and working on several projects to do with Orwell, his literary hero—these include The Oxford Handbook of George Orwell and George Orwell in Context, for Cambridge University Press. Recent publications in this area include The Cambridge Companion to Nineteen Eighty-Four (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and the Oxford World’s Classics edition (2021) of Orwell’s underappreciated novel A Clergyman’s Daughter. Nathan sits on the Editorial Board of the academic journal George Orwell Studies and since 2020 has run a student-aimed podcast called Reading Orwell. His first trade book will be A Bright Cold Day: George Orwell, Dawn to Dusk, for Oneworld. Visit for more information.

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