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The articles collected in George Orwell's Essays illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who elevated political writing to an art.

This outstanding collection brings together Orwell's longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes 'My Country Right or Left', 'Decline of the English Murder', 'Shooting an Elephant' and 'A Hanging'. With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of socialism, from a comic yet profound discussion of naughty seaside postcards to a spirited defence of English cooking. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose, Orwell's essays created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and continue to challenge, move and entertain.

This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Bernard Crick.

Public Domain (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-21

Essay titles missing

Classic essays, but the titles are not given in the chapter screen, which makes it difficult to navigate the audiobook.

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  • callis
  • 15-05-21

Wonderful essays, but totally the wrong voice

George Orwell was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and one of its keenest social observers - honest, erudite and bitingly intelligent. I have read many of his essays and wanted to listen to them on the move, so I was pleased to find this audiobook. Sadly, I can't listen to it for very long - the stolid, monotonal and irrhythmic narration is completely wrong for Orwell's razor-sharp and vivid prose and renders parts unintelligible. Cannot recommend to anyone who loves Orwell.