23/05/2012 12:50 BST | Updated 23/07/2012 06:12 BST

Orwell Prize 2012 Winners Plus 11 Things You Didn't Know About George

The winners of The 2012 Orwell Prize has been announced, marking the culmination of a search for the best political writing of the past 12 months.

Toby Harnden won the Book Prize for Dead Men Risen, his story of male comradeship and the military tradition in action with the Welsh Guards in Afghanistan.

Amelia Gentleman of The Guardian won the Journalism Prize for her work including articles on benefit fraudsters, benefit dependents and the carers of our elderly.

Rangers Tax-Case wons the Blog Prize after investigated the financial scandal surrounding Rangers Football Club.

Finally, Christopher Hitchens, who made the longlist for his book Arguably, was memorialised with a special award by the judging panel.

But what about the man at the centre of it all, in whose name the award is given out?

George Orwell, of course, is synonymous with political writing - not to mention reality TV and talking pigs - after writing his two best-known novels 1984 and Animal Farm.

He's one of the most widely quoted and revered writers in English history, but how much do we really know about Orwell?

Here's 11 facts that may just take you by surprise.

11 Facts About George Orwell