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Down and Out in Paris and London (Hardback)
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Down and Out in Paris and London (Hardback)

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Published: 13/08/2020
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'Orwell was the great moral force of his age' Spectator

You can live on a shilling a day in Paris if you know how. But it is a complicated business.

When he was a struggling writer in his twenties, George Orwell lived as a down-and-out among the poorest members of society. In this early memoir, he recounts shocking experiences working as a penniless dishwasher in Paris, pawning clothes to buy a day's worth of bread and wine, sleeping in bug-infested bunks, trading survival skills and cigarette butts with fellow tramps, and trudging between London's workhouse spikes for a few hours' sleep and tea-and-two-slices.

With sensitivity and compassion, Orwell exposed the hardships of poverty and gave readers an unprecedented look at life lived on the fringes of society. His vivid account is an enduring call to support the world's most vulnerable people and exemplifies his belief that 'The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.'

The Authoritative Text. With a new introduction by Kerry Hudson.

*The jacket of this stunning hardback edition features period artwork by Elizabeth Friedlander, one of Europe's pre-eminent 20th-century graphic designers. Look out for complementjary editions of Orwell's essential works Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.*

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787302532
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 317 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 138 mm


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An extraordinary and curious book: beautifully phrased, meticulous, honest and funny. George Orwell’s 1933 memoir, and a study of poverty, is a book both rooted in its era and able to transcend it... a book that has inspired countless people to try to understand the personal and political issues at the heart of homelessness – and continues to do so today. - Hannah Price

The white-hot reaction of a sensitive, observant, compassionate young man to poverty'

Orwell was the great moral force of his age - Spectator

Vivid and lurid and unappetizing, are the pictures he gives of what goes on behind the scenes, human and otherwise - Kirkus

It was the book of nonfiction in which he becomes George Orwell

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“Down and Out in Paris and London”

After picking up Catch 22 this month and failing miserably to become involved in it, I turned back to another classic author I knew would not fail to captivate me, George Orwell. Down and Out in Paris and London, is a... More

Paperback edition
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“Phenomenal ”

Down and Out in Paris and London is an eye opening account from George Orwell that really makes you think - from something so simple as how one will never eat in a posh restaurant in Paris ever again, to how... More

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Roman Alizarde

“Swarming Cockroaches and Sneering Waiters”

An example of factual storytelling at its best. George Orwell manages to make his daily struggles to earn a living in Paris and London feel really quite interesting and pull the reader through a really rather horrible... More

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