The Road to Wigan Pier

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HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. If there is one man to whom I do feel myself inferior, it is a coalminer. In the mid-1930s, George Orwell was given an assignment from his publisher - to write a book about unemployment and social conditions in the economically depressed north of England. Revolutionary for its time, The Road to Wigan Pier documents Orwell's stint in towns likes Barnsley, Sheffield and Wigan in 1936, where he met and observed working ...

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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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