A book written from the perspective of the female love interest in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 has been given the green light by the author's estate.

Sandra Newman's Julia will tell the story of 1984 from the perspective of Winston Smith's titular love interest, according to the Guardian. George Orwell's estate said it had been looking for someone to write it for "some time."

Newman was deemed "to be the perfect fit" to write the book, according to Orwell's estate.


"She has known no other world and, until she meets Winston, never imagined one," said U.K. book publisher Granta. "She's opportunistic, believing in nothing and caring not at all about politics."

"She routinely breaks the rules but also collaborates with the regime whenever necessary. She's an ideal citizen of Oceania," Granta said. "But when one day, finding herself walking toward Winston Smith in a long corridor, she impulsively hands him a note — a potentially suicidal gesture — she comes to realise that she's losing her grip and can no longer safely navigate her world."

Julia will open with the line: "It was the man from Records who began it, him all unknowing in his prim, grim way, his above-it-all oldthink way."

"He was the one Syme called 'Old Misery,'" Newman writes. "Comrade Smith was his right name, though 'Comrade' never suited him somehow. Of course, if you felt foolish calling someone 'Comrade,' far better not to speak to them at all."


Granta noted that Julia understood the world of Oceania better than her love interest.

"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," said Bill Hamilton, the literary executor for Orwell's estate.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Granta for a statement.