His mother, Ida, brought him to England at the age of one. It was a Roman Catholic convent run by French Ursuline nuns, who had been exiled from France after religious education was banned in Cyprian inspired his essay " Such, Such Were the Joys ". The couple remained together until her death in He found his views on the Spanish Civil War out of favour.
Before the First World War, the family moved to ShiplakeOxfordshire where Eric became friendly with the Buddicom family, especially their daughter Jacintha.
He is also well-known as a critic and reviewer, and is the author of A Vain Conceit: British Fiction in the s, and an acclaimed biography,Thackeray. He voluntarily fought in the Spanish Civil War.
Instead of going on to a university, Orwell entered the British Imperial service and worked as a colonial police officer.