The Road To Wigan Pier

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Volume 5 of The Complete Works of George Orwell Victor Gollancz personally commissioned Orwell to write about the distressed north of England in January 1936. After Orwell handed in his typescript a little before Christmas Day 1936, he immediately left to fight in Spain. Shortly afterwards the book was selected for publication by the Left Book Club. This meant a print run of 47,340 copies instead of 2,150, so bringing Orwell to a much wider audience. The first part of Orwell's account, Gollancz wrote in Left News in April ...

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ReadingRetiree

Oct 11, 2007

Orwell non-fiction

My first non-fiction book of Orwell. Excellent writing. Covers the backbreaking work of coal mining in the 30's. Bought 4 others that I'm reading now. His biting criticisms are accurate, full of detail and true today in new contexts.

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