Orwell and England
George Orwell, perhaps one of the most perceptive writers of the twentieth century, wrote extensively about English life and politics. This selection of his essays and journalism brings together his most provocative and insightful writing on England and Englishness.
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Orwell’s interests were broad. He often wrote about everyday concerns such as transport, food and the weather. Turning to social issues, he exposed the plight of the poor and the unemployed. He dissected the idea of nationalism and he examined the failings of the Left. What emerges from his acute observation of English rituals, habits and attitudes is his belief that these are the very things with which the English people can defend themselves against oppression. His writing remains insightful and prescient to this day.
His [Orwell’s] real talent was for analysing and explaining a tumultuous period in human history.
Dorian Lynsky, Guardian
In my 20s, I discovered Orwell’s essays and nonfiction books and reread them so many times that my copies started to disintegrate.
George Packer, The Atlantic