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Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell Lara Feigel



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04 March 2021
Orwell's first published book, Down and Out in Paris and London, is at once a very personal account, an expose of poverty-stricken lives between the wars, and a call for social and economic reform.

Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is introduced by writer Lara Feigel.

Towards the end of the 1920s, whilst living in Paris, Orwell's few remaining funds are stolen and he falls into a life of severe poverty. Living hand to mouth, with barely a centime to his name, he shares squalid lodgings with Russian-born Boris and, for a while, finds tedious and back-breaking work as a 'plongeur' - washing up in the bowels of Paris restaurants. Back in England he lives as a tramp, finding occasional shelter in dangerous and filthy doss houses.
By:   George Orwell
Introduction by:   Lara Feigel
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 156mm,  Width: 100mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   162g
ISBN:   9781529032703
ISBN 10:   1529032709
Series:   Macmillan Collector's Library
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   04 March 2021
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father was a civil servant. After studying at Eton, he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma for several years, and this inspired his first novel, Burmese Days. After two years in Paris, he returned to England to work as a teacher and then in a bookshop. In 1936 he travelled to Spain to fight for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, where he was badly wounded. During the Second World War he worked for the BBC. A prolific journalist and essayist, Orwell wrote some of the most influential books in English literature, including the dystopian Nineteen Eighty-Four and his political allegory Animal Farm. He died from tuberculosis in 1950.

Reviews for Down and Out in Paris and London

Little that Orwell has written, here and elsewhere, has lost the hum of relevancy, from the causes of poverty and its long-term effects - it annihilates the future - to its everyday toll of boredom. -- Laurence Mackin * Irish Times * The thief who took the last of an ailing George Orwell's money from his Paris room in 1929 did a big favour to political literature. -- Vanessa Thorpe * Observer *

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