Didn't read either until the recommendation to do so here. Loved both books so much I ended up purchasing a copy of Down & Out in Paris & London, and Homage to Catalonia. He was a heluva writer. My old boss asked if she could borrow my copy of 1984, and her 1 year old somehow got a hold of it and completely dismantled it. No big deal to me because it was one of Barnes/Noble's cheap reprints. Think I only paid like $7.00 or something for it, I can't remember. Anyways she and her husband are the type of generous people that do everything big, mainly her husband. So they searched online and purchased a copy of it from like 1962 in great condition. Good people.
But yeah, the similarities between 1984/Animal Farm and the WT/JWs is striking. Have to say after that AAWA debacle I'm convinced there's more O'Briens out there than one might take for granted. Not throwing any specific accusations out there to any one particular person, but be very careful people. I'm glad this thread came up again, as it reminded me to search online for a copy of the Botting book. I mean a digital copy, PDF, Epub, etc.. Trying to avoid purchasing a physical copy of the book if I can. If someone else is aware that it exists, or can send me a link, I'd greatly appreciate it.