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George Orwell – The Road to Wigan Pier | Review

Title: The Road to Wigan Pier

Author: George Orwell

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 224

Rating: 8/10


George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier

George Orwell – The Road to Wigan Pier


Orwell is a cracking writer, and he’s close to his best here. The Road to Wigan Pier reflects Orwell’s working class upbringing in Yorkshire, and he does, of course, highlight a lot of the sociological issues of the time. It might not be as immediately relevant to our modern times, but once you start to think about it, a lot of the parralells become clear.

One could classify the book as an autobiography, but it doesn’t really focus on Orwell’s life as such – he’s not really the hero of the story, he’s just the vehicle through which we experience the bleakness that people of Orwell’s class and generation were surrounded by.

The book itself is split into two separate parts, and I enjoyed the first part more than the latter, but it’s definitely worth reading both of them in full, especially if you’re interested in Orwell and other writers of his generation. It’s the perfect snapshot of pre-war Britain, and an enlightening read which will leave you with food for thought. I’d recommend it if you’ve read and enjoyed some of Orwell’s other work, but if you’re new to him then you should, of course, read Animal Farm and 1984 first.


George Orwell

George Orwell


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George Orwell – Coming Up for Air | Review

Title: Coming Up for Air

Author: George Orwell

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 247

Rating: 8/10


George Orwell - Coming Up for Air

George Orwell – Coming Up for Air


Coming Up for Air might not be as well-known as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four, but it’s a firm favourite amongst serious Orwell fans and scholars, and I can see why. The book follows the story of George Bowling, a man in his mid-forties who’s described as “not a fool, but not a highbrow either”. He has a normal job and lives a normal life, but he’s facing a dilemma – he’s unsure whether to embrace the modern world or to flee from it.

Of course, this ‘modern world’ is 1939, and so it’s not exactly the same as what we’ve come to think of as modernity, but the essence of the struggle is something that we can all relate to in the days of the internet and the smartphone. Some of us are luddites, trying to resist the impending march of the computer chip; others are technologists, who leap at the chance to try out the latest gadget.

But at its essence, Coming Up for Air is also a great tale in its own right, even if you don’t bother to dig into it too deeply. That also means it’s the sort of book that can be re-read, because you see new layers every time. Sure, read Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four first, but make sure that you come back for this afterwards.


George Orwell

George Orwell


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