Burning Down George Orwells House, Andrew Ervins first novel (and second book, after the very fine Extraordinary Renditions ), is the story of Ray Welters self-exile on the Isle of Jura, in the house where George Orwell (aka Eric Blair) composed 1984. Rays personal history is destructive, his professional history is worse, and he wants to begin again with a fresh slate. But Jura has no sympathy for him. At the end of the world he is plagued by memories of his ill behavior back home in Chicago, trapped by the horrible Scottish weather, and at the mercy of the islands moody inhabitants. Also, someoneor some thingis leaving animal corpses on his doorstep.