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  • Published: 11 February 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141393032
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $16.99
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Down and Out in Paris and London




Orwell's vivid memoir of his time among the desperately poor and destitute, in a stunning new cover look for his great works

'You have talked so often of going to the dogs - and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.'

Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, it documents his 'first contact with poverty'. Here, he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris's vile 'Hôtel X', surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and a starving Russian ex-army captain. Exposing a shocking, previously-hidden world to his readers, Orwell gave a human face to the statistics of poverty for the first time - and in doing so, found his voice as a writer.

  • Published: 11 February 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141393032
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $16.99
Categories:

About the author

George Orwell

George Orwell (1903–1950) is one of England's most famous writers and social commentators. He is the author of the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is also well known for his essays and journalism, particularly his works covering his travels and his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. His writing is celebrated for its piercing clarity, purpose and wit and his books continue to be bestsellers all over the world.

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