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  • Published: 16 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241315682
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $14.99

The Lion and the Unicorn




Key reading for 2018: Orwell's moving reflections on the English character and his passionate belief in the need for political change.

'England is the most class-ridden country under the sun. It is a land of snobbery and privilege, ruled largely by the old and the silly'

This is the most powerful portrait of England - and why it must change - ever written. Composed as bombs were falling over London at the height of the blitz, it remains as radical, witty and crucial today as it was in 1941.

The Lion and the Unicorn
was written in London during the worst period of the Blitz. It is vintage Orwell, a dynamic outline of his belief in socialism, patriotism and an English revolution. His fullest political statement, it has been described as 'one of the most moving and incisive portraits of the English character' and is as relevant now as it ever has been.

  • Pub date: 16 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241315682
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $14.99

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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Praise for The Lion and the Unicorn

“One of the most famous essays in the English language”

Spectator

“Orwell's idea of a better England is stirring again today”

Guardian

“Nowadays Orwell is, more than ever, a beacon of light in a darkening world”

Financial Times


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