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  • Orwell: The Essays

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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By: George Orwell
Narrated by: Peter Noble
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Summary

A wide-ranging selection of George Orwell's essays, written in the clear-eyed, passionate and uncompromising style that has earned him a reputation as one of Britain's greatest writers. 

One of the most thought-provoking and vivid essayists of the 20th century, George Orwell fought the injustices of his time with singular vigour through pen and paper. In this selection of essays, he ranges from reflections on his boyhood schooling and the profession of writing to his views on the Spanish Civil War and British imperialism. The pieces collected here include the relatively unfamiliar and the more celebrated, making it an ideal compilation for both new and dedicated fans of Orwell's work.

The essays included here are: 

  • 'A Hanging'
  • 'Anti-Semitism in Britain'
  • 'A Nice Cup of Tea'
  • 'Books vs. Cigarettes'
  • 'Bookshop Memories'
  • 'British Cooking'
  • 'Can Socialists Be Happy?'
  • 'Confessions of a Book Reviewer'
  • 'How the Poor Die'
  • 'In Defence of English Cooking'
  • 'Looking Back on the Spanish War'
  • 'Notes on Nationalism'
  • 'My Country, Right or Left'
  • 'Politics and the English Language'
  • 'Reflections on Gandhi'
  • 'Shooting an Elephant'
  • 'The Decline of the English Murder'
  • 'The Lion and the Unicorn'
  • 'The Moon Under Water'
  • 'Why I Write'
  • 'You and the Atomic Bomb'
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Interesting writing

Written probably 20 years before I was born, the writer is able transport the reader some of the background of pre war years. Fascinating look at the build up to Second World War and interesting views of an observer with critical outlook on society. Well worth a listen even if not an Orwell fan.

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This is writing

Orwell disseminates social commentary with such exactitude that you feel an immediate presence in the situations he is describing. The you expect to in a particularly good novel but these are essays, sometimes about the most mundane subjects that still manage to grip with the force of a vice

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Should Be On The National Curriculum

Pleasingly narrated by Peter Noble, who’s smooth tones contain just enough gravel to suggest he sixty a day smoking habits of the author, the book is read with intelligence and empathy; if such a thing is possible in one