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 the UK. ‘Eric is Awake’ is his first novel.
Shortly after midnight on the 21st January 1950, the man known to his readers as George Orwell and to his friends as Eric Blair, breathes his last in hospital. Shortly after midnight in present-day London, a homeless man dying of hypothermia in an alleyway on a snowy night, takes a deep breath as his body warms and a new occupant moves in. Eric is awake.