Published Oct 2023
Told from the point of view of Winston Smith’s lover, JULIA depicts the same events as NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, only this time as seen through Julia’s eyes.
Julia understands the world of Oceania far better than Winston and is essentially happy with her life – she has known no other world and never imagined one.
But one day, finding herself walking towards him in a long corridor, Julia impulsively hands Winston a note – a potentially suicidal gesture – and comes to realize that she’s losing her grip and can no longer safely navigate her world.
‘As the longstanding US publisher of George Orwell, Mariner Books is honored to partner with Sandra Newman and the Orwell Estate on this brilliant and electric reimagining of Orwell’s prophetic masterwork. We hope to publish JULIA in time to coincide with the 75th anniversary of NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR’ – Peter Hubbard, Editorial Director of Mariner Books
‘I am delighted by Sandra Newman’s imaginative retelling of Orwell’s NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR through the eyes of Julia. Two of the unanswered questions in Orwell’s novel are what Julia sees in Winston, and how she has navigated her way through the party hierarchy. Sandra gets under the skin of Big Brother’s world in a completely convincing way which is both true to the original but also gives a dramatically different narrative to stand alongside the original. The millions of readers who have been brought up with Orwell’s NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR will find this a provocative and satisfying companion’ – Bill Hamilton, Literary Executor of the Orwell Estate