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George Orwell's paean to the end of an idyllic era in British history, Coming Up for Air is a poignant account of one man's attempt to recapture childhood innocence as war looms on the horizon. 

George Bowling, 45, mortgaged, married with children, is an insurance salesman with an expanding waistline, a new set of false teeth - and a desperate desire to escape his dreary life. He fears modern times - since, in 1939, the Second World War is imminent - foreseeing food queues, soldiers, secret police and tyranny. So he decides to escape to the world of his childhood, to the village he remembers as a rural haven of peace and tranquillity. But his return journey to Lower Binfield may bring only a more complete disillusionment.

Public Domain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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All of Orwell's books are brilliant. This one shines brightly too. So funny and easy to read or listen to. The reader is ideal. No nonense get on with it & cheerful. Just like Bowling himself. Funny how little known this book is. Orwell's tally of books was on the slight side. But what quality!