Eric is Awake
by Dom Shaw
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.