Richard Blair was born in May 1944 and was immediately adopted by George Orwell and his wife Eileen. Following the passing of his parents, Richard was brought up on a farm and went into a agriculture. In 1986, he and his wife went into business as proprietors of a self-catering complex. Since his retirement in 2007, he devotes his time to all matters relating to his father. He is now Patron and Trustee of the Orwell Society and Trustee of the Orwell Foundation and Orwell Youth Prize.